Marxist Editor, LeiLani Dowell, speaks on Uniting Women, LGBTQ, & Workers’ Struggles as part of a California statewide speaking tour. After Oakland, she will speak in San Diego and LA.
LeiLani Dowell began her activism while studying Labor Studies at San Francisco State University shortly after 9/11, when she became actively engaged in the struggle to prevent the war against Iraq. As a queer woman, Dowell has done organizing for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer rights in both San Francisco and New York, where she currently resides. Dowell has participated in solidarity and fact-finding delegations to Colombia, Lebanon, El Salvador and Haiti, reporting on her experiences in the pages of Workers World Newspaper. She represented the U.S. delegation at a deliberative session of the World Festival of Youth and Students in 2005, and was a lead organizer of a youth delegation to Cuba in 2007.
In 2009, Dowell traveled on an International Action Center-sponsored delegation to Honduras as a right-wing coup was taking place in the country, reporting on the incredible people’s resistance that awakened in response. She was the sole U.S. representative at the 3rd All India Women’s Conference in Kerala, India, in January 2013, and returned to Honduras to monitor the national elections in November.
Dowell’s writings have been published in the books Feminism and War; Marxism, Reparations & the Black Freedom Struggle http://www.workers.org/reparations/reparations-marxism_bk.pdf; Gaza: Symbol of Resistance http://gazaresistancebook.com/; and What is Marxism All About http://www.amazon.com/What-Marxism-All-About-Revolutionaries/dp/0895671530.
Currently she is a Managing Editor of Workers World Newspaper.