Radical Communicators Network

Hermelinda Cortes

Hermelinda Cortés


Singers Glen, VA

hermelinda cortés (she/they) uses organizing, narrative and strategic communications to build power, fortify lasting connections between communities, dismantle systems of domination, and build the liberated world we and future generations deserve. The child of Mexicans and West Virginians, country folks, farmers, factory workers, and trailer parks, she has dedicated her life to the journey of liberation and to the work of social movements for the last 15 years. Hermelinda is a writer, curandera in training, organizer, communicator, and strategist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she writes, cooks and grows flowers, runs and rides bikes, and raises her kid in the company of dogs and chickens. She believes in the magic, alchemy, and revolutionary possibilities of small towns and rural people. She has the great fortune of serving the visions of ReFrame, the Radical Communicators Network, Country Queers, and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Three words that describe you:
Country, Nepantla, Cuentista

Your favorite food:

cornbread con frijoles, sal, y limón

What is your vision for RadComms?

My vision for RadComms is to live into being a keystone institution of imagination and a piece of infrastructure to build and connect the arsenal of political actors, communication strategists, narrative interventionists, and innovators to combine forces to change the socio, political and cultural ecosystem in which our movements are working for change.