Tori Cress is an Anishinaabe mother of two, from Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, Ontario, Canada. Tori has been organizing Idle No More events around Ontario since the rise of the Idle No More movement in November 2012. Tori works part-time for Idle No More in an administrative role and spends much of the rest of her time volunteering for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. She works with others on the Idle No More communications team and the development committee. Tori also drives a taxi cab in small town Midland to help fund grassroots work locally.
Hodan Hassan is the Climate Justice Organizer for Got Green where she develops community leadership, represents Got Green in local alliances, and is working on creating a campaign narrative on climate, displacement and gentrification. Hodan began her journey as a Washington Bus Fellow where she learned all the skills of a political organizer. She then moved on to work as a Campus Organizer with the Bus where she worked with students from six universities on campus civic engagement. Even though Hodan has been organizing professionally for about 5 years, she first became a racial justice activist during her first college class. In her lifetime she wants to have a real impact on the world and advance the fight toward collective liberation, and Black liberation in particular. Outside of Got Green, she organizes with a Black-led organizing group called the Seattle Black Book Club. Hodan graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a BA in Political Science. When is she not working at Got Green, she’s working on her life goal of working as actor.
Aimee Castenell has recently joined the team at Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) as Communications Director with more than 10 years of experience in online advocacy, digital strategy and communications on issues from human rights to media justice, voter engagement among communities of color, economic justice and criminal justice. Aimee will be using these skills at OUR Walmart to support the organization’s national campaigns for economic and social justice through digital strategy and communications. Most recently, Aimee served as Communications Manager at the Center for Popular Democracy and, prior to that, as Campaign Director for Economic Justice and Civic Engagement at ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Aimee sits on the executive board of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and is a New York-based coach and a trainer in digital strategy, communications and storytelling. She holds an MA. in Geography from the University of Leeds (Activism and Social Change) and a BA. in Anthropology and Film Studies from Smith College. She also studied Archiving and Preservation at New York University.