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Gizelxanath Rodriguez

Pittsburgh, PA            

Gizelxanath is a singer, cellist, urban farmer and activist at the intersection of Inidigenous rights, ecosocialism and migrant justice.

Gizelxanath is also politically active in international social movements related to Indigenous rights and ecological justice / ecosocialism. She was a delegate to the First Ecosocialist International, a historic gathering of over 100 activists from 5 continents in the Maroon afro-descendent community of Veroes, Venezuela. She has worked with Zapatista organizations based in Chiapas for several years, helping organize the East Coast Chiapas Solidarity Committee and providing musical performances and lessons to Zapatista Indigenous youth. She also works with community farmers in Pittsburgh to build food sovereignty with oppressed communities. She was invited for her work as a community farmer, bandleader, and revolutionary artist to present at the Peace and Justice Studies Association conference at Arcadia University. In October of 2018, she introduced a new work, Migrant Liberation Movement Suite.

Dedicated to the intersection of climate change and forced migration, The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite included libretto in Yoeme, the Yaqui language, of which Gizel was a facilitator and researcher. She has also performed at the Skirball Center at NYU, the Kennedy Center, and universities and colleges across the country.

“Sister Soul” by the Afro Yaqui Music Collective

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Articles September 12 2019 | By Benjamin Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez
Fighting for Our Senses: Ears, Bodies and Hearts in the struggle to redefine Reality

How we convert our environment, through the sensory mediums of our ears, tongues, fingers, eyes, and nostrils into reality is as political and contested as net neutrality versus corporate control...