The XXK Collective: Feminisms, thinking and action is made up of Amaia Pérez Orozco, Silvia Piris Lekuona and Valentina Longo

We came together in the desire to build a project in which feminisms might serve as the warp, and around that to weave connections with other individuals and collectives. It is an adventure in which we hope to combine income-generation with our own political and personal commitment to contribute to the construction of a world in which everyday lives can be good lives for all, in shared responsibility on a living planet.

We put feminism at the center of our activity, but always in relation to other counterhegemonic frameworks like ecologism, internationalism, degrowth, anticapitalism and others, seeking to strengthen the bonds between these different perspectives and generating frameworks that allow us to understand and act upon reality in emancipatory and subversive ways.

We hope to contribute to the creation of critical knowledge and thought that might be useful in social, cultural and economic transformation, with a firm grounding in sustainability, sovereignty, solidarity and equality in diversity.

We want to do all of this together with others, putting our knowledge and experience at the service of those who need it. We offer to accompany individuals and collectives that work for transformation (social movements, civil society, community and academic spaces, public institutions, NGOs, etc.) in creating both analytical and methodological tools and strategies for political advocacy, action and intervention.

Who we are:

Valentina Longo

Graduated in politics and with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Padova (Italy), I tried to combine employment with activism. I have dealt with different issues, structuring them with a feminist approach. As not everything is paid work, I am part of Sangre fucsia, a sound fanzine of pop feminism. With my colleagues of XXK, I want to build a working space capable of articulating aspects of life that the system tries to separate: the productive from the reproductive, the working from the political, the technical/practical from the theoretical.

Silvia Piris Lekuona

Sociologist and Master’s Degree in Gender Equality and International Cooperation. Until forming XXK, I have had the opportunity to combine employment and activism in the fields of feminism, food sovereignty and internationalist solidarity. I have worked in research, training and public policy development. Currently I feel well accompanied, exploring the idea that the path is made by walking. I wish to make real those other worlds and spaces we yearn for; and I wish to do it in a sustainable and liveable way and right from now.

Amaia Pérez Orozco

An economist by training, I risked either abandoning my degree or being indoctrinated in the most orthodox economicism. Luckily, I discovered critical perspectives and ended up fulfilling a PhD. I wonder what it really means to put life at the center, and what consequences this might have upon both our ways of understanding the world and our political undertakings. Today I do it with my colleagues at XXK. My 20-years work/life experience presents “no straight lines”. Diverse and rich, it is mainly rooted in the Spanish state, but with global openness, especially towards Latin America.