AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora.
She has been working as a faith-based community organizer for a decade and her experience both in interfaith and multi-issue organizing has provided her a unique understanding of the complex work involved in bridge-building and unifying diverse people around a shared purpose. The former Organizing and Programs Director for The Reformation Project (TRP), AnaYelsi is now a faith organizer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and visual artist. Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos’ Progressive Christian channel and she is the co-host for the upcoming Mystic Soul podcast with Teresa P. Mateus.
AnaYelsi is working towards a vision of pursuing movement and justice work in an intersectional and holistic way that honors Creator and creation.
Her work (in all its forms) seeks to do the following:
- Kick up the dust around conversations of faith and spirituality- broadening these conversations beyond what has traditionally been provided by White/straight/academic gatekeepers
- Activate and cultivate a desire in others to examine their spiritual practice and its relationship to colonization, white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and nationalism
- Create art, space, resources, and relational opportunities for moving towards shared liberation and healing
Committed to this vision, she is working independently – moving outside of traditional models of justice work that hinge one’s ability to pursue justice on their relationship with systems and organizational hierarchies. She is trusting in the community of justice-seekers to partner with her in this endeavor – freeing her to go when called and to act and speak with the integrity necessary to fulfill this vision- including her commitment to make her work economically just and financially accessible. Because of people like you, she is able to regularly offer pro bono/low-cost services to those that can not afford my rates. For example, free weekly consulting to the executive directors of Brave Commons (an LGBTQ justice non-profit organization).
She loves disappearing for hours in an art museum, feeding people a homemade flan of which she is unabashedly proud, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching an absurd number of problematic made-for-tv holiday romcoms.
Interested in booking AnaYelsi for consulting or for a speaking or art event? Visit here to learn more and send all inquiries to email@example.com.
AnaYelsi is available to provide education and consultation in both sacred and secular spaces. Many of her programs and presentations can and have been adapted for a Christian, inter-faith, or secular context. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more details.