Anahí Ponce is an El Paso-based Xicana activist. Living in la frontera, or border community, Anahí embraces the fluidity that makes up Xicanx culture between Mexico and Texas. She founded Chicas de Chuco, a non-profit based organization in El Paso that brings leadership resources and organizing opportunities to womxn in the community. Even though she was born and raised in a predominantly Chicanx community, Anahí has been criticized by fellow Chicanx folks for not speaking Spanish fluently. It is a dilemma prominent for many Chicanx folks who were raised by grandparents or parents who were oppressed during an era of newly integrated schools in Texas. But Anahí is determined to expand the Chicanx identity—not limited by language.
Lyda Ness-García, the co-founder of Women’s March of El Paso and Stand with El Paso Women, an activist for child advocacy and immigration reform, a family law attorney, and child welfare expert, is a force to be reckoned with. Born in North Carolina and raised in Athens, Greece, her childhood played a crucial role in shaping her into the advocate and activist she has become for El Paso. Listening to the old radio in her grandmother’s kitchen, she realized at a very young age how important it is to learn and talk about what is happening in the world.
Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts, Alexsandra Annello grew up in an outspoken Italian household with her single mother. Her mother worked hard to support her family and at a young age, Annello was exposed to many social issues her family and community faced. Growing up in public housing, her mother was heavily concerned and aware of the issues and what policies the government were planning on creating. Being very outspoken and politically orentiated, Annello’s mother was a huge influence to Annello and made her realize her voice did matter. Now with the political and social flame burning inside a young Annello, she decided it was time to get involved. Excited and ready to conquer the world, Annello organized a mock election for her second grade class to participate in. This was during the first time Clinton was elected as president and Annello was already getting her hands dirty with organizing.