Name: Laurie Torres

Member Since: February 23, 2014

What Laurie has done as a GABRIELA member:

  • Currently serving on the Direct Ask Committee making sure each featured member gets visibility on social media!
  • Presented a workshop on Money and the Movement with Precious Butiu at the GABRIELA USA National All Leaders Training weekend at Washington D.C.
  • Recently wrote (with the assistance of much more seasoned GABRIELAs) a proposal for a workshop on Grassroots Community Organizing to Break Human Trafficking Out of Isolation and submitted it for review for Incite!’s Color of Violence Conference being held in Chicago from March 26 – 29, 2015.
  • Perform as part of Pin@y Choir
  • Network, network, network! Every Pin@y is a potential member, every person is a potential ally. We are all connected and will all need each other in one way or another. So I do my best to reach out, follow up, and build our base!

Reason for Joining:

  • All the cool kids were doing it…just kidding, but if it wasn’t for Claudia Alexandra Paras and Nicole Vallestero Keenan, I would not have found GABRIELA or the community that has been so supportive of me.
  • Because what is happening in the Philippines and to Pin@y women and queer folks is an accelerated version of what is going on in the States due to capitalism, sexism, and racism. If we address the issues affecting the Phils, its environment, and its migrant Pin@y workers, I really believe we address what’s wrong with the world.
  • Because GABRIELA made sense of all my experiences in adolescence as a queer Filipina-American woman born to immigrant parents. It made me realize I’m not the only one and I’m not alone, which has given me the opportunity to grow in ways I never could have foreseen.
  • TRAVEL! Seriously, I’ve been to D.C. and Mindanao is next! And the best part? It’s all for the betterment of humanity, not just my own personal gain.
  • Understanding the systematic and root problems of the Philippines gave me a way to connect and truly have a relationship with my family, while giving me a whole other family.

Expo Trip Dates: July 2015, stay tuned for the adventure!

Things she’s good at: talking and writing, singing, playing guitar and ukulele, listening, learning, knitting, crocheting, swing dancing, and connecting with others!

Why this work is meaningful to Laurie: I think some people believe that they have to become grown-ups before they can truly be a part of the world. But for me, the opposite is true: you will never be an “adult” until you become a part of the world. Part of that is understanding where you are. This work breaks down why we are where we are, and empowers us with the tools to boldly go forward in a future much brighter than where we’ve been. And it’s not just for myself or my family. This is for every worker everywhere.

When she’s not working for the movement, where can we find Laurie / what can we find Laurie doing?

  • Trick question, I’m always working for the movement. However, I do that work at the following places:
    • The library getting my nerd on (also applies to museums) so I have more knowledge to share with the movement.
    • Running on the Burke-Gilman, keeping my body healthy for the movement
    • Coffee shops. You know that spirited and chatty person talking about social justice with people. That’s probably me.
    • Eating. Seriously, if there is food, I’m probably near it. Gotta keep my energy up for the movement!


    * Laurie has been a Gabriela Seattle member since February 2014.



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