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Rosemary Linares

Principal, Cross Movement Social Justice Consulting; Co-Coordinator, Battle Creek Coalition for TRHT, Cross Movement Social Justice Consulting

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Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Start Year: 2022
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


As a bilingual, bicultural, and bisexual millennial, Rosemary Linares holds the themes of racial equity and social justice close to her heart. Her identities and work experiences have inspired her to promote revolutionary acts. Being a child of a Cuban immigrant, she uses the term “revolutionary” in a sincere and delicate way. Since launching the first Gay-Straight Alliance in her high school in Michigan, Rosemary has devoted her work and studies to promoting social justice across the lines of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, disability, age, and religion.

She is the founder of Cross Movement Social Justice Consulting, and for the past decade has worked to advance social justice by increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations and building alliances across social movements. She has worked with an extensive portfolio of clients in a variety of sectors. Serving as co-coordinator of the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation invigorates her commitment to co-liberation and justice.

Rosemary graduated in 2010 from New York University with a Master of Public Administration. Prior to graduate school, she was a program assistant at the Arcus Foundation, a global foundation working to advance LGBTQIA+ equity, as well as the conservation and preservation of the great apes. Her studies in Latino, Africana, and women’s issues at Antioch College gave her a deeper and broader understanding of the inherent richness and resilience of traditionally marginalized communities. Her time as an undergraduate student living in Cuba, Mexico, and Ecuador built on that understanding.

Future Focus

Alongside a team of seven racial healing practitioners, Rosemary just completed the implementation of an 11-week customized training for a new cohort of 16 racial healing practitioners from across the Battle Creek community. This eager and talented group of people will be facilitating in-person and virtual racial healing experiences throughout the year. Most of these racial healing activities will be sponsored by TRHT. The community will also be able to request customized racial healing experiences to take place within local organizations, institutions, and networks. The group is proud to grow from the inaugural cohort of seven racial healing practitioners in 2019 to a group of 23 skilled individuals who are dedicated to the Battle Creek, Mich., community in 2022 and beyond.

Post-Institute: Transformative Action Plans

Rosemary is actively tackling racial equity issues within the local meat production system in Michigan by challenging the racial disparities prevalent in farming. Farmers of color, particularly during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, found themselves marginalized due to a lack of workforce and the need to compete with large corporations for resources. To address this, Rosemary has undertaken a comprehensive approach involving a feasibility study, business plan, and facility design, to establish her family slaughterhouse. The envisioned facility aims to foster a community-based work environment, providing support to farmers who have been disproportionately affected by systemic challenges.

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