The Radical Monarchs create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities and contribute radically to their communities.
The Radical Monarchs empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.
Anayvette Martinez, co-founder of the Radical Monarchs, is a San Francisco native and child of Central American immigrants. Anayvette's varied interests in advocacy, community organizing and empowerment led her to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of California Los Angeles and later, her Master's degree at San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies. Over the past ten years, she has developed and managed education, social justice, and gendered support programs focused on empowerment and safety for youth, families and their adult allies. Anayvette currently lives and loves in East Oakland with her partner and two children.
Marilyn Hollinquest, co-founder of the Radical Monarchs, is a social justice advocate who specializes in young women of colors empowerment. She has 15 plus years of experience as a teacher, community advocate and scholar. Marilyn received her M.A in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and B.A in Community Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Marilyn is passionate about the marriage of theory and practice (praxis) which is at the core of her commitment to the authentic inclusion of disenfranchised peoples. She currently builds radical community in her chosen home of Oakland, CA and is a proud Tulare California native.
Annie "Q" Sajid
Annie “Q” Sajid is the Co-Troop Leader for Troop #2. She feels most alive drinking mango lassi, making dua, and humming at the intersection between sisterhood, arts, and justice. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, grew up in Queens, NYC, and worked as a youth organizer and teacher in Metro-Detroit and Detroit. She has experience in communications, resource development, youth organizing, and women of color healing work. She holds a Master's in Social Work from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Community Organizing. Annie is currently cultivating roots in Oakland.
Diana Martinez strongly believes that we cannot make positive change without the empowerment and creative education of youth. Diana was born in Southern California, and grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Mount Holyoke, a women’s college in Massachusetts. After studying women’s herstory, she understood the importance of a safe learning space for young activists who identify as female. Diana works for the Mission SRO Collaborative, training SRO tenants on their rights and organizing to fight against displacement and gentrification in the Bay Area. Her favorite form of self-expression is through dance and music, whether it entails classes, performances, or bouncing around and singing to the radio while stuck in Bay Bridge traffic. As a former Girl Scout and active feminist, Diana is excited to take a part in the inspiring movement that the newest Radical Monarch troop will shape together.
Jessica Benitez is a transfer student, and soon graduate, to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is majoring in Feminist Studies and minoring in Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Jessica is a proud daughter of Mexican migrants. She is originally from Maywood, a small city in Southeast Los Angeles. She has experience in communications, advocacy, administrative legal work, and retention services. Her work with the Radical Monarchs is deeply personal due to the challenges she faced during her youth and growing up in a challenging environment. She is passionate about reproductive justice, specifically as it relates to the environment surrounding our communities and how that affects our health.