Celeste Earley

Anchorage, AK

Alaska transplant, socialist feminist, historian, anti-PETA vegetarian

I have called Alaska home for nearly 20 years. My mother is a midwife and birth educator, so women’s health was a central part of my childhood. I have seven siblings, and I’ve been in the room for every single one of their births, supporting my mother as her doula. From the age of 10, I’ve been accompanying her to provide logistical support during the births she performed.  Through my work with my mother, I learned about health issues facing women locally and globally--such as pregnancy, abortion, access to care, and sex workers rights.

In recent years, my work has emphasized the need for a comprehensive women’s rights campaign here in Alaska. This includes child supervision, combating human sex trafficking, and women’s maternal and health care in remote communities. I am the current Anchorage DSA women’s caucus officer where I’ve been able to collaborate with fellow members on women’s rights in Alaska. I have also presented on these issues at several conferences on behalf of the University of Alaska. As part of the struggle to advance women’s rights, I’ve organized town halls, workshops, phone banking, protests, and led community outreach initiatives.

Criminalization does nothing to advance women’s rights. People, particularly women, face criminal penalties for child supervision, sex work, and abortion. The police and prison serve as gendered disciplining forces that violently enforce gender and sexual hierarchy. Abolition is feminist struggle. The decriminalization of sex work, access to basic needs and social services, and a method of unionization are among the best ways to advance women’s rights, not criminalization.

My passion expands beyond women’s health; I am deeply passionate about health of the environment as well. Alaska is at the forefront of climate change. Our coasts are being washed away into the ocean at an alarming rate of 45 ft a year.  Many indigenous people have not had a choice in leaving their ancestral homes. Whales, birds, seals, animals that the people of Alaska rely on to survive are not returning in time, or are returning too early due to climate change.  This is a real and lived struggle for the indigenous people who often rely on hunting to supplement their income and provide food for their families and communities. In these remote communities a bag of Doritos can cost $11 and laundry detergent is often as high as $20. In this context, subsistence hunting is vital to survival. Protecting our oceans by halting oil drilling and turning to sustainable sources of energy is absolutely necessary for indigenous communities, Alaska, as well as each and every living being on the planet.

I am an administrator at the Anchorage Museum. In that work, I’ve collaborated with indigenous communities to create spaces for their voices to be heard on issues of environmental justice and colonialism. I want DSA to be a resource in this struggle for survival, and if elected, that’s what I’ll do. In my line of work, I do financial management, fundraising, programming, and database management. I want to bring those skills to the NPC to ensure we have a robust and secure system of information and financial management.

Thank you.