anna nicolasin | musician
help anna advocate for
"Intersectional feminism & equality for all marginalized people."
I have been singing since before I can remember. I grew up in a very musical family, and was always encouraged to sing my heart out. I began playing ukulele my sophomore year in high school as a way to accompany myself. Music has always been my outlet when I didn't feel like I had a voice. It has helped me believe in myself and cope with the most difficult situations. I have been unable to work due to disability for over a year now, and still being able to create music has kept me afloat. I am not currently part of any other organization, but I'm hoping to join Chicago based groups that focus on social justice. I am dedicated to promoting intersectional feminism and social equality.
why this cause matters to the artist
I want to represent intersectional feminism, because it encompasses working towards equal rights for all marginalized people. I have a personal interest in this, because as a queer, disabled woman of color, I always have to fight for my personhood, and I will always stand up for those who cannot fight for themselves. For those reasons, I have chosen to have the proceeds of my performance go towards Anakbayan Chicago.
Anakbayan is a youth and student organization for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines. Anakbayan is an international organization based in the Philippines, and organizes youth, women, LGBTQ folks, peasants, workers, urban poor, Indigenous peoples, migrants, caregivers, health workers, and more to assert their rights and connect their struggles to the basic problems of Philippine society.
Anakbayan Chicago's Queer / Women's Desk participates in campaigns such as #JusticeforJennifer, a campaign against the unjust murder of Jennifer Laude, a trans Filipina, by U.S. Marine Scott Pemberton. Anakbayan Chicago seeks to educate, organize, and mobilize the community to fight back against injustice.