Natalia “Nati” Linares is a cultural and communications organizer who comes to the solidarity economy movement after a decade of witnessing inequities while working in the music and media industry. She grew up on the island of Shaolin, also known as Staten Island, New York City—close to both the world’s largest garbage dump and the oldest continuously inhabited free Black community in the United States. Linares is the child of Cuban and Colombian immigrants who landed in Queens in the late 1960s, benefited from low-cost public college, and raised her with a love of learning, exploration, and music. She tells the stories of people resisting capitalism and building new systems, especially those creating a culture of revolution.
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