Dolores Tejada believes in collective liberation through organizing and action. Using a disability justice framework to approach their work as a community organizing Dolores to recognize the wholeness and capacity for everyone to have space to participate in creating a just world.
Dolores was born and raised in the Bay Area from immigrant parents whom each had only an elementary school level education. Their parents instilled resilience, perseverance, and the invitation to question authority as foundational embodied practices.
While in high school, Dolores began organizing for equitable education. They would go on to attend Dominican University where they majored in Political Science.
Dolores began their professional organizing career at an independent living center where they developed a youth organizing program that successfully ran campaigns on the preservation of funding for special education, developing and implementing a more diverse and inclusive high school curriculum, and increased access on the new BART train cars.
In 2016 Dolores ran a successful Get Out The Vote campaign that increased voter turnout. In 2017, they were a featured speaker at the Oakland Women’s March. Dolores has served as the Accessibility Coordinator for the San Francisco Dyke March and as a member of the Nolose Board of Directors.
Dolores believes in the power of community action to advance equity, which is what drives them to organize. They have seen the shift in housing in the Bay Area throughout their lifetime, and it motivates them to build people power to achieve just housing for all. They identify as and hold the following identities: fat, disabled, queer, femme, and brown. Dolores uses they/them pronouns.
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