Tirzah is a mixed-race/Indigenous/queer community organizer who has been at the forefront of racial and queer justice initiatives in the rural Southwest for over 20 years. They were born in the Bay Area, California. Their family was an active component of the Urban Indian community there, where activism and intertribalism flourished. They have found that the way in which they were introduced to activism and movement-making (American Indian Movement leaders, Alcatraz occupation, etc.) came with a directness and fierceness many were not accustomed to in rural “Colorado.” Organizing people, resources and ideas for change has always been the center of Tirzah’s daily life, exhibited by the intentionality of where they apply their energy and labor: be it civic engagement (leading the Community Relations Commission for the City of Durango and building and mobilizing subcommittees), queer youth organizing, building out a mutual aid network, or local policy change. Over the last three years, they have had the occupational opportunity to apply their organizer background to their immediate community via philanthropic support/a large private foundation. That positionality came with its own challenges and insights, and they are in a place now seeking healing and support from that learning. Tirzah deeply understands the depths of systemic racism where they live, and has been supported in that analysis. Now,, the framework in which they were operating has shifted around them, but the severity of the work remains the same. They desire only to advance their organizing skills, networks and practices for communal and personal/emotional sustainability. Tirzah knows that change will only ultimately come with Indigenous involvement, real historical analysis/narrative ownership, healing practices, decolonization and revolutionary reimagining.