AMOR is an alliance of community based grassroots organizations mobilizing at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status to prevent, to respond to, and to end state violence against our community. We work to create a space where the community can demand accountability, challenge injustices, and access healing after experiencing violence. We are organizing to place sovereignty back into the hands of communities directly affected by systemic oppression and to build leadership, generate power, create sustainability and organize resistance with and alongside all directly affected peoples.
Organizations involved include Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), The FANG Collective, Colectivo Sin Fronteras, and Ocean State Advocacy. We will need support from individuals and organizations together to keep our communities safe.
AMOR envisions a world where the community has the power to ensure sovereignty. Where families do not fear being separated due to their documentation status and where black and brown communities are able to protect themselves against police violence and immigration raids. AMOR envisions a world where mental and physical health are the number one measure of community safety. Furthermore we envision a society where individual acts of hate and state sponsored hate are defeated by frontline community resistance.
|Catarina Lorenzo is the Director of the Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR). Catarina is a Q’anjob’al-Maya woman from a small village in the mountains of Guatemala. She was the first person in her family, and one of the first from her village, to graduate university. In Guatemala Catarina worked for a number of human rights, women’s rights, indigenous rights, and social justice organizations. Since moving to Rhode Island she has worked as a community organizer and in June 2017 she began work as the director of AMOR. Catarina is also actively engaged in the large transnational community of Guatemalan migrants from her home region, producing and hosting a weekly radio program called ‘Rights in Action’ which airs online and via FM in Guatemala.
|Nadia Gonzales, (she/her), Base Building and Policy Organizer with AMOR. Nadia joined AMOR as a member of the leadership committee and took on her role as Base Building and Policy Organizer at the beginning of 2022. From a young age Nadia has been interested in social work, and has been motivated to support folks who have been displaced or who experience discrimination. Born and raised in Peru Nadia attended la Universidad Federico Villarreal, in the department of Psychology and Social Work and then transferred to la Universidad Garcilazo de la Vega, until 2016 when she decided to immigrate to the United States. Nadia is an enthusiastic organizer, ready to learn and highly passionate about doing good in the community. Nadia is a dedicated mother of two incredible teenagers who she describes as the loves of her life. She is also a major support for her family still remaining in Peru.|
|Sophia Wright, Communications Manager, (they/them) is a person of Black, Indigenous (of so-called MA, RI & CT), and white ancestry, born and raised in Rhode Island. In 2013 Sophia graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Through their studies they developed the strong conviction that all radical work must happen in community with others. Since then they have engaged in community spaces in Providence doing organizing around various social justice issues including immigration, prisons and policing. Their passion for this work is fueled by their desire to see their BIPOC community thrive in public spaces and able to stand in its own power. As a member of the team of AMOR founders Sophia hopes to continue to shape the future of the organization, to learn and build healthy and sustainable community organizing practices.|