Solidarity Request for Queer, Trans, and Black-led Grassroots Collective in Dominican Republic

Barrio Alante (Hood Forward) is a Queer, Trans, and Black-led social movement and political collective fighting for justice and rights from and for the hood. This network of amazing social activists and young politicians from working-class neighborhoods live in the Dominican Republic. The work Barrio Alante does is both personal and important to me as someone of the Dominican Diaspora who is a climate justice organizer. This is a community-led effort with folks working on the ground to make their community better. I am hoping you can help me with spreading the word about Barrio Alante’s work and recruiting funds for their new exciting project. 

Barrio Alante’s new program Huertos Barriales (Hood Gardens) is in need of funds to build community gardens and host urban gardening workshops. This project came about to address an issue many working-class neighborhoods in Dominican Republic face; access to healthy and nutritious food. If you are able to, please consider donating via Venmo (saudisauds), Zelle ([email protected]), or Paypal ([email protected]). You can also support their work by subscribing to their Patreon (Barrio Alante). 

To learn more about Barrio Alante, visit their Instagram and Twitter pages. You can also learn more about Barrio Alante's organizing by watching this webinar titled, "Environmental Maroonage: 500 Years of Black Feminist Resistance Against Ecocide on the Island of Ayiti/Hispaniola." Paola García, founder of Barrio Alante, discusses the contributions of marginalized social sectors to the economy, culture, and the democracy of the Dominican Republic.

In solidarity,

Samantha Hernandez, Oregon PSR Climate Justice Organizer