Mirella Rangel

Mirella Rangel is a Xicana mother living and working in Oakland, and a daughter of immigrants who organizes for a more connected world where people value themselves, others and the earth. She is currently Director of Community Organizing for GO Public Schools, and has worked for the past 20 years in and around Oakland schools as a teacher and administrator and in the non-profit sector. Mirella just launched GO's 1Oakland campaign this month, working with families and community to change policies and practices that are barriers to a more equitable school system. Mirella shares her wide range of experiences with community organizing and movement building here in the Bay Area, ranging from her days as a student U.C. Berkeley all the way up to the present day. Along the way, Mirella discusses the personal work and routines she uses to prepare herself to do her job each day, the connections she strives to make for her family and herself to her ancestors, the state of innovation in community organizing and some front lines stories of successes and challenges she faces in her work at GO. 

Show Notes

2:45 - Mirella as Guest and as Listener!

10:00 - Being Chicana and Community

18:00 — Helping Others Listen

23:30 - Working in the Bay

29:00 — How are we organized and not organized. And what organizing means for Oakland’s kids.

34:00 — Innovation in Organizing

42:30 — Success in Oakland Education is…

47:30 - Working at GO Public Schools

59:00 — The #1Oakland Campaign

1:14:00 — The Five-ish Questions