Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz

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Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz has been a Project Contributor since March 2010, has written 21 entries and currently lives in Silver Spring, MD.


Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz has worked in several movements for social justice with a particular emphasis on building grassroots political power across movements, issues, identities and communities. As a capacity builder, movement builder, cultural worker and writer Weiner-Mahfuz has dedicated much of her organizing life to challenging oppression at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

She is the co-founder of intersections/intersecciones consulting with Lisbeth Melendez Rivera. intersections/interseccionses mission is to facilitate organizational, cultural, societal and economic transformation aimed at creating lasting social change. In service to its mission, intersections/intersecciones provides a full range of coaching, leadership development, movement, capacity and organization building services.

Weiner-Mahfuz’s writings can be found in Colonize This! Young Women of Color and Feminism (Seal Press, 2002), Fireweed Magazine's “Mixed Race Issue” (Issue 75), and through on a Web-based project titled BustingBinaries, which she co-authors with Ana Maurine Lara.

She served as the director of capacity building for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 2005-2010 and prior to this position she was the senior field organizer for lesbian rights for the National Organization for Women, the pension plan organizer for the National Organizers Alliance and Midwest regional organizer for the national office of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Weiner-Mahfuz is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where she majored in women’s studies and political science, and minored in anthropology. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Md., with partner Lisbeth Melendez Rivera.

Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz: Recently Filed


Queering Up the Family Vacation

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Queerness is an intimate and real part of my nieces' lives. It's something they knew even before they could articulate it in words. It was also something that came up - along with race, class, and sovereignty - on our family vacation to Arizona.Read More


Hotel Silver Spring: Always a Repeat Performance

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | May 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Ten years ago my partner and I moved to Silver Spring MD. We were intentional about choosing a neighborhood that was multi-racial, multi-generational, mixed class and was not a gentrified gayborhood. We landed in our street and the story simply begins there.Read More

Our Queer Intergenerational Life

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This piece was written in collaboration with Carmen Vazquez If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice; have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege. -- Bell Hooks Building beloved community is a passion we share....Read More

The Fierce Urgency of This Movement Moment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Revolution doesn't happen by accident. Revolution doesn't happen without tremendous vision, loss, and sacrifice. Revolution happens when a critical mass of courageous people come together to struggle for it with every fiber of their being. Revolution takes place over time...Read More

Hello! Can I Get a Movement Please!

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | January 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Workplace discrimination runs rampant in movement organizations at a local, state and national level. As movements become more professionalized over the past thirty years, the internal structures and policies of many organizations increasingly mirror the worst patterns of exclusion and...Read More