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Lucia Obregon

Policy Analyst and Organizing Manager , Mission Economic Development Agency

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Start Year: 2022
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Lucia Obregon is a queer artist and community organizer from Guatemala, now residing in Raymatush Ohlone land also known as San Francisco, Calif. She is the policy analyst and organizing manager at the Mission Economic Development Agency in the Mission District—The Latino Cultural District—where she has worked for the past six years developing a leadership program that recruits community leaders to organize around equitable housing, civic engagement, and education.

In 2021, Lucia was appointed as a commissioner, a volunteer position for the Immigrant Rights Commission of San Francisco. In this role, she has been able to connect with other immigrant communities like her own. She is now the chair of the Newcomer Committee, a working group that focuses on the needs of newcomers, asylum seekers, and refugees.

In her personal time, Lucia organizes with the Build Community Collective, organizing events and actions around Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty. Additionally, she is an artist and is currently one of the lead singers of Inti Batey (Inti=Sun in Nahuatl, Batey=Gathering in Taino), a nine-member band whose sound is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Latinx sounds. Her music often speaks about the hardships of the human experience in a time of political oppression, health crisis, and spiritual awakening. Her art as well as her activism centers around creating spaces of healing, collaboration, and exploration where communities can explore the intersectionality between art, identity, and social justice.

Future Focus

Lucia is currently organizing with Building Community Collective (BCC), a collective of Bay Area community organizers, artists, and students who create educational events and community healing spaces, and participate in mutual aid and direct action. BCC believes that by creating intentional spaces for cultural preservation, community networking, political education, healing, expression, and resistance, we can help create global class solidarity. Their events include food, music, art, and cultural traditions, which include elders, youth, and houseless neighbors. By bringing different intersectional identities into a shared space, they model unity in diversity. Their aim is to develop a deeper understanding of transformative justice to incorporate into their organizational model.

Post-Institute: Transformative Action Plans

Lucia works with a group of 50 grassroots organizers who come together independently to create the Building Community Collective (BCC). BCC focuses on healing and transformative justice by reassessing the narrative of various aspects of society.

Lucia is focusing on how BCC is now looking to create a cohort of 12 organizers that study restorative justice and non-violent communication. They plan to partner with Community Well to provide affordable therapy options, provide training on Papalotl Transformational circles, and provide access to courses that help unlock ancestral wisdom related to medicine, which is a way of decolonizing the way you see the world.

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