David Delmar Sentíes

Labor activist. Author. Artist. Latino bilingüe. Founder, Resilient Coders. History nerd.

Power and Resistance

A free society is one in which people don’t have to spend all of their time working in order to survive. In fact, the presence of an entire class of people who need to give their lifetimes over to their labor just so they can continue to live is symptomatic of a society that is not free. The working poor, disproportionately Black and Latinx, deserve economic justice.

Meanwhile, the tech community is ostensibly confronting its "diversity" problem. It continues to fail to understand not only the roots of the diversity crisis but also the reasons for which it really matters. As long as we're not talking about the systemic dynamics and imbalances of power -- their history, as well as their persistence today -- tech will continue to miss the point. We need to fundamentally transform tech culture.

Power and Resistance is a historically conscious manifesto calling for worker organizing, led by Black and Latinx technologists. It includes an exploration of opportunities around discrete government interventions and corporate policies that are more results-oriented than they are performative.

I have the honor of writing this book with Beacon Press. Tentative release date is in the Spring 2023. Until then: Pa'lante.

Resilient Coders

Highly competitive, free, and stipended nonprofit coding bootcamp that trains people of color from low income backgrounds for high growth careers as software engineers, and connects them with jobs as such.

We believe in the potential for education to be a force for liberation. It must be radically free, and stipended.

More about Resilient Coders.

Artwork

A boy who loves drawing superheroes doesn't come out of Mexico City unchanged. Looming over the city of my family are the murals of Siqueiros, Orozco, and Rivera -- to my eyes, basically elaborate illustrations of the heroes from the stories my parents would tell me: Juan Escutia, wrapping himself in the flag and leaping to his death over the side of the castle of Chapultepec, rather than surrendering it to the invading Americans. Zapata and Villa, always together, rifles ready. Cuauhtémoc, with his feet held over fire. Porfirio Díaz and his cientificos. And the greatest hero of every mural, el pueblo.

I grew up with an understanding that art and history are two aspects of the same discipline; that artists are keepers of our collective memory, who have a gift for telling old stories with contemporary language. In the work that most resonates with me, history is a lens through which we reflect on the present. Work that is truly future-facing is historically conscious.

Just as important as the subject matter is the medium. It matters how art is consumed, and who consumes it.