Jen Soriano is a Seattle based activist.
“I am the granddaughter of a fish seller, a teacher, an uneducated textile vendor, and a WWII guerrilla fighter. I thank my ancestors for their legacy of survival and resistance, and dedicate my life to discovering new ways to bring the world closer to decolonization, peace and justice.”
Jen is a Filipina-American communications strategist originally from Chicago. She has more than 12 years of experience as a writer, journalist and communicator and more than 10 years experience as a non-profit manager and program developer.
Between 2002 and 2008, Jen co-founded the Center for Media Justice in Oakland (CMJ), CA along with CMJ’s Executive Director Malkia Cyril. CMJ is the country’s only institution dedicated to transforming the US media system and expanding public debate through the leadership of the most marginalized grassroots communities.
As a writer, Jen has worked with Mother Jones magazine, Free Speech Radio News, the Center for Investigative Reporting and Free Speech TV. She is currently a member of the War Times writers collective and a contributor to Organizing Upgrade.
As a communicator, Jen is dedicating her next phase of work to developing a new model for liberations-based communications and to creating the tools and processes needed to build the effectiveness of the growing field of justice communications.
Through RoadMap, she will be drawing on her years of experience conducting deep communications work in the social justice sector to consolidate a hub of consultants with the politics, skills and experience necessary to integrate strategic communications within some of the most dynamic social justice organizations in the country.
Currently Jen is also Communications Coordinator for the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and a Masters candidate in Communications Theory and Research at the University of Puerto Rico. She received a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard University in 1998.
Consulting clients include Youth Innovation Fund of the Kellogg Foundation, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Generations Ahead, Coalition Against the Expansion of Chevron, Generative Somatics, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Dignidad Rebelde.
World People's Conference on Climate Change
The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance delegation to Durban, South Africa, December 2011 for World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth consisted of Sara Mersha, Michael Leon Guerrero, Jen Soriano, Treston Davis-Faulkner, David Gonzales, Kandi Mossett and Rosalinda Guillen.
Media Action Grassroots Network
Nijmie Dzurinko July 16, 2013:
Media Action Grassroots Network staff and board convening! — with Karlos Gauna Schmieder, Nick Szuberla, Steven Renderos, Jen Soriano, Malkia Cyril, Amy Sonnie, Alison Roh Park, Betty Yu, Oshen Rose and Brandi Collins.
Friday, September 13, 2013 roughly 200 women came to D.C. to march, blockade, protest and get arrested as a part of a mass demonstration on Capitol Hill. We Belong Together, an initiative of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), organized the action. The protest featured various women’s groups that gathered, held hands in a circle and sat down on Independence Ave between Capitol Hill and House members’ offices. By the end of the day over 100 women were arrested as they called for a move on immigration legislation.
"Somatic transformation" comrades
Sendolo Diaminah September 7, 2016 ·
- With Sumitra Rajkumar, Sabeen Shaiq, Staci Kay Haines, Xochitl Bervera, Danielle Feris, Liu Hoi-Man, Nathaniel Shara, Prentis Patrice Hemphill, Dmorgan Feris, Spenta Kandawalla, Vassilisa Johri, Sue Kuyper, Fayza Be, Adrienne Maree Brown, MamaLisa Thomas-Adeyemo, Briana Herman-Brand, Mark-Anthony Johnson, Adaku Utah, Lara Barth, Donaji Lona, Jay Conui, Angelica Otero, Paola Tisker Laird, Denise Perry, Alta Starr, Tina Bartolome, Jen Soriano and David Treleaven.
Left Forum 2012
Justice Communications: Toward a New Paradigm in Social Change Communications
- Makani Themba Chair, The Praxis Project
- Karlos Gauna Schmieder Center for Media Justice
- Jen Soriano Echo Project
- Doyle Canning Smart Meme
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.
Those expressing interest in attending, on Facebook included Jen Soriano].
War Times crew
In 2017, the "War Times Crew" consisted of Rebecca Gordon, Sasha Wright, Jan Adams, Hany Khalil, Clare Bayard, Lynn Koh, Rami El-Amine, Jen Soriano, John Trinkl, Gary Hicks, Carlos Martinez, Christine Ahn, Francesca Fiorentini, Felicia Gustin, Greg Hom, Max Elbaum, Nathan Paulsen, Michael Reagan, Sarah Lazare, Alicia Garza, Elvis Mendez, Becca Tumposky.
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!
- [CENSORED NEWSWednesday, December 7, 2011 Bolivia's Pablo Solon: The Great Escape III at COP 17]
- [http://hyphenmagazine.com/blog/2013/9/20/women-stand-and-get-arrested-immigration-reform Hyphen WOMEN STAND UP AND GET ARRESTED FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM Nadia Hussain September 20, 2013]
- RoadMap bio
- War Times Crew, accessed February 14, 2017