Ana María Archila

Activist Spotlight

Mala Forever in conversation with “elevator activist” Ana Maria Archila, who captivated the nation when she confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator (and on national television) at the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings.

I was gutted when I saw Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher stop Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator on National Television during the Kavanaugh Hearings. The rawness and power of this interaction was profound. It was a moment that resonated deeply, for so many of us, for so many reasons. It was a moment that helped me to access my own grief, rage and power.

It was an honor to spend time speaking with Ana Maria about the impact that that moment had for her and for so many of us. She says it beautifully, that this moment “is not just about individual experiences, but rather that we are telling a collective story” and we need each other in order to heal.