August 24, 2022

EP. 279 — What’s The Meaning Of “Raizado”? with Mónica Ramírez

There are more than 62 million Latine people living in the United States. Some are US-born, others are recent immigrants, and still more have had family members here for centuries—living on land that was once part of Mexico. This week, Mónica Ramírez returns to Getting Curious to discuss how the Latine community is “deeply rooted” in the US, what it looks like to protect the humanity and dignity of these 62 million people, and why advocates like Mónica aren’t simply showing up at spaces of consequence to address systemic issues—they’re creating spaces of consequence.

CW: This episode discusses bodily harm and hateful rhetoric.

Mónica Ramírez is an attorney, author, and activist fighting for the rights of farmworkers, migrant women workers, and the Latine(x) community. She is the founder of Justice for Migrant Women and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, The Latinx House, and Poderistas. Mónica has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award, the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award.

She was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its 2021 TIME100 Next list. Mónica is also an inaugural member of the Ford Global Fellowship. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, Friends of the Latino Museum and she is a member of The Little Market’s Activists Committee. Mónica lives in Ohio with her husband and son.

Follow Monica on Instagram @activistmonicaramirez and Twitter @MonicaRamirezOH. The Latinx House is on Instagram and Twitter @thelatinxhouse, and at


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Coalition of Immokalee Workers

United Farm Workers

Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

Nalleli Cobo – Goldman Environmental Prize


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Mónica Ramírez JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that—you guessed it!—makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by returning guest, Mónica Ramírez, where I ask her: What’s happening today in the Latine community? Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness, we have one of our favorite people. Put your hands together for Mónica Ramírez, who, if you don’t remember, is an attorney, an author, and an activist. And then also since we talked, you won a James Beard Award. You were named one of People en Español’s Most Powerful Women. Get out of here with that title! And you’re launching a festival celebrating Latinx politics, art, and culture. I’m excited to catch up, I miss you to pieces. And also, you know, because this is, like, a podc

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