Gina is the Network and Events Coordinator of the Applied Research Center. She received degrees in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and cut her teeth as a student organizer fighting for fair admissions for students of color. As a MAAP intern of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in 1987, she worked with the Black Women’s Health Project in Portland, OR and organized displaced Filipino senior citizens in the Bay Area. As one of the first participants of the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, she worked with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana and returned to the West Coast to work as a full-time field organizer of Service Employees International Union organizing health care workers. From 1992-1999, Gina served as a senior organizer and trainer of C
Van Jones shows that the work to bring racial equity to the green economy is not over, but in our hands… and in our collective hands, the work must be guided by love. Take that Glenn. (Listen to Glenn Beck’s response after the jump.)
West Oakland’s deFremery Park pulsated with color, sound, and people this last Saturday with the 3rd Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle. Taking place in conjunction with Youth Speak’s “Living is Life Festival” by Marc Bamuthi, 16 of the most talented graffiti artists from around the country brought their artistic game to the canvas, creating larger than life images that spoke to the theme
This is Shirley Tan, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). UAFA would allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partners for family-based immigration. Tan fled to the U.S. after her mother and sister were violently attacked and murdered in her native country of the Philippines; she and her life partner of 23 years, Jay Mercado, have been raising their twin sons in Pacifica, California.