Hermelinda Cortes

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Hermelinda Cortes is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant father and a white factory-workinʼ mama. Raised on a small farm amidst the Southern delicacies of potato salad and mole, she is a working class Xicana Queer Feminist mama from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A luddite techie at heart, she schemes and daydreams about liberation and movement driven communications to build lasting connections between communities and strategically dismantle systems of domination. She came to organizing with lots of other young people through Students for a Democratic Society in the height of protests against the Iraq War and has been organizing ever since. She’s worked with the People United, 97.3 LPFM WRIR Independent Radio, the Flying Brick Library and is a founding member of the Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance and Better Together. She’s been with Southerners On New Ground since 2010 and returned to the rolling blue hills of Virginia in 2012 after a somewhat failed attempt at city life. She believes in the revolutionary possibilities of small towns and lives in one where she continues to pursue her dream of building a multi-racial, multi-generational queer farming familia [1]


Alexis Murphy June 2013;


With Probably Lyles, Jazz Franklin, Jadebroo KS, Mara B. Collins, Jess St. Louis, C. Saenz Becerra, Alexander Hollinghead, Pat Hussain, Jess Jude, Vanessa Faraj, Lucia Leandro Gimeno, Taryn Danielle, Kai Barrow, Gracie Aghapour, Aaron Kemmerer, Suzanne Pharr, Miguel Maria Caritu, Salem Abraham Acuna, Caitlin Breedlove, Hermelinda Cortes, Kate Shaps, Pressley Matt, Holly Hardin, Paulina Hernandez, Ashe Helm-Hernandez, Mary Hooks, Stephanie Guilloud and Laila Nur.

Mary Hooks birthday

Kate Shaps January 19, 2014 ·


Last weds High on a mountaintop Mary Hooks welcomed in her 32 trip around the sun. We love u!!! We love walking this path w you. 2014 is y/ours, take it! And like u and yr cake say: Turn Up!! #32LooksGoooodOnYou #TurningItALLTheWayUp — with Mary Hooks, Serena Sebring, Salem Abraham Acuna, Jazz Franklin, Suzanne Pharr, Caitlin Breedlove, Probably Lyles, Hermelinda Cortes and Paulina Helm-Hernandez.

SONG staff

Southerners On New Ground staff As of 2015;[2]

Revive Love tour

the #ReviveLove tour starts in a week w/a sneak peak at Highlander Center this weekend!!! whether or not you can join us, chk it out and make a donation to make it happen here: http://www.faithify.org/projects/revive-love-tour/ <3 — with Hermelinda Cortes, Jay-Marie Hill, Sara Green, India Danielle, Caitlin Elly Breedlove, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Lena K. Gardner, Mary Hooks, Chris Buice, Osagyefo Sekou, Leslie Mac, Kate Shaps, Cel Living, Lsa Piercy, De Vandiver, Julie Taylor, Ruth S. Idakula and Probably Lyles.

Reframe crew

Jen Soriano November 8 2018:

Know any hungry go-getters with big hearts and sharp minds looking for a great movement job? Well ReFrame is hiring a Senior Program Associate to run our core mentorship and new training program, it's a work-from-anywhere position with great benefits and a full-time salary of 60-70K DOE. You'd get to work with incredible people like the folks in this photo from ReFrame 2017!


Application extended to December 1st. — with Libeth Morales, Fresco Steez DeLaflyy, JaNae' Bates, Hermelinda Cortes, Miguel Esteban Andrade, Jo Arellano, Shaunte Harris and Renee Mowatt.


In 2008 Claire Schoen and Hermelinda Cortes were leaders of of VCU Students for a Democratic Society.[3]