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AMAZING BABE: Lachrista

Interview of Lachrista Greco by Freya Bennett
Hey Lachrista, how are you?

I’m good, thanks! Just at work currently. My full-time job is working in a university library.

Where do you call home?

Madison, Wisconsin, USA–we’re known as “The Dairy State”

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a writer, digital curator, media archaeologist, and trauma-informed yoga instructor.

Tell us a little bit about Guerrilla Feminism:

GF is a registered nonprofit and acts as a digital curatorial resource center for activists. We curate the internet, so you don’t have to.

You aim to empower feminist all over the world to participate in activism, how did you come up with this idea?

I created GF in 2011 while living in Chicago. I was a year out of grad school. Initially, it was a street activism campaign, but I wanted to get more people involved so I put it on Facebook (and then all other social media platforms), and it really took off.

Can anyone get involved?
Yes! We’re inclusive of all.
How can introverts be activists?
Introverts can do a lot as activists. I often think digital activism is perfect for introverts as you can do it from the comfort of your own space and at your own pace!
Can you tell us a little more about being a Trauma Informed Yoga instructor?

Trauma Informed Yoga is a survivor-centered body movement practice. I specifically teach women affected by sexual violence, but TIY can be used with war veterans and anyone else who has experienced trauma (which is most of us). I got my yoga teaching certificate in 2010. I specifically became interested in TIY in 2012. I used the practice for myself to continue healing from sexual violence I’ve experienced.

Why is feminism important to you?

Feminism is important to me because oppression is real. In order to eradicate oppression of all, we need feminism, as it lends itself to critiquing the world through a lens of inclusion.

Why is activism important to you?

Alice Walker says: “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” I fully believe this. Activism is action–whether it’s digital activism or on-the-ground protesting, or something else entirely, activism is education in action, and that’s important to the future of our world.

Why is it important that feminism is intersectional?
Well, Intersectionality was created by Kimberle Crenshaw for and about black women and their lived experiences. I think a lot of white women use the term “intersectional” in a way that doesn’t quite hearken back to its rich history. It’s important to use various frameworks in our feminism, including intersectionality, because otherwise, we’re just examining white women, and that’s problematic.
Who is your heroine?
My heroine is Kathleen Hanna–lead singer of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin. I love her.

If you could change one thing about the state of the world right now, what would it be?

Eradicating white supremacy and rape culture.

Where do you hope Guerrilla Feminism is in 5 years?

Hopefully, we’ll be bigger and badder than ever! I’d love to be able to go into the school system (K-12 and college) to educate our youth on feminism. I’d also love for GF to be able to have a funding source, since this work takes a lot of emotional and physical labor!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Hmm, I think being able to fly would be amazing!

What self care advice do you have for feminist activists?

Be sure to take breaks! For a long time, I didn’t take breaks, and it definitely took its toll. It can be hard to take breaks from the movement without feeling selfish, but it’s NECESSARY! You can’t pour from an empty cup! You can’t help the cause (or others) if you’re not first helping yourself.

Can you leave us with a favourite quote?

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.”  ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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