Reign Hervey serves as the Digital and Online Organizer with Organize Florida. Growing up, she lived abroad, participated in theater, and wrote for her school and local paper. During her studies at the University of South Florida, Reign obtained her B.A. in Sociology, her M.A. in Communication, and became passionate about the power of using digital platforms to move people forward towards social change.
In her free time, Reign reviews local restaurants on her Black feminist-vegan blog, travels, and cooks.
Born and Raised in Massillon, Ohio Shaunté is the Digital Campaign Manager for Ohio Student Association. In high school, her passion for media lead her to Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production with a minor in Pan-African Studies. During College, she was awaken to the social, racial and economic disparities that would systematically hinder Black People.
From this Shaunte’ has dedicated her time to criminal justice reform, civic engagement, political eduction and furthering black futures. She joined the Akron Organizing Collaborative as a voter registration canvasser, and voter education in low propensity voting neighborhoods. She then joined the Ohio Organizing Collaborative as the Digital Communications Coordinator and worked on campaigns like, police brutally and accountability, higher education, school-to-prision pipeline, safety net, bail reform and a criminal justice campaign that lead to a state wide ballot initiative. She now works with the Ohio Student Association and is currently working on ban-the-box campaigns for higher education institutions, bail reform, and joining art activists through the Midwest Culture Labs. In her free time she spends her time being a creative by filming videos, creating digital content, or expressing herself through makeup.
Shanta Farrington is a Digital Strategist and Organizer with United for a New Economy. She’s passionate about her role with media, communications and digital strategy for the movement. Her background and career has been dedicated to working on an array of issues, including, but not limited to: international relations, voting rights, environmental issues, economic and racial justice and immigration. Growing up in the South and seeing firsthand injustices of brown and black communities, is what keeps Shanta motivated and invested in building power to win. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with immigrants and refugees in rural Colorado. Shanta is a member of the Truman National Security Project, NAACP CO-MT-WY State Conference, Steering Committee for CO Jobs with Justice, Emerge Alum and serves as Vice President of her union.
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Monica Black started her career in Mexico where she earned a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Nuevo Leon. In Monterrey, Mexico she worked as a marketing manager for a large company for almost 10 years. Before moving to America, she traveled to Canada to improve and practice the English language. In 2009, she moved to North Carolina where she worked as a Spanish teacher. Ms. Black moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2014 and worked as the Hispanic outreach and project coordinator for Miles College. She worked for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, ¡HICA! as the Communications Coordinator and Business Development Specialist. These experiences lead her to become the Communication Coordinator for the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ACIJ the major progressive organizing force in Alabama.
Miguel Andrade was born in 1991 in Colombia and immigrated with his family to the U.S when he was 5 years old. He has been active in Philadelphia’s Latino Immigrant community since late 2008. He started getting involved in community activism at the age of 17 and since then has become one of Philadelphia’s leading young voices for immigrant rights, education equity and human rights. He volunteered with the Media Mobilizing Project where he honed his skills in community journalism & TV hosting before going into the immigrant rights field. In 2010 he co-founded, produced, and hosted “MMPTV” a TV news & analysis program that aired online as well as Public Access Cable. After joining the team of the immigrant rights nonprofit Juntos in 2011 he co-founded one of Philadelphia’s only latino-immigrant youth leadership programs and helped to highlight the experiences of latino immigrant youth in the city of Philadelphia. This lead to partnerships with the Mayor’s Office of Education in creating a comprehensive guide on college access of undocumented youth as well as collaborating with the School District of Philadelphia in training staff on how to work with and support undocumented students. All of this while working with young people to helps promote youth empowerment in the community. He has also collaborated with State Elected Officials in helping draft laws that will be beneficial for the immigrant community in the state of PA. He was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014 with the “Hero Among Us” award for his work in the community. His passion for immigrant rights has led him to work at the national level with other immigrant rights groups across the country and is an active participant with Mijente and Not1More. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Human Rights Network in 2014 and currently is the youngest member. He serves on the board with other human rights activists and leaders from across the country.
Pacita is a queer immigrant, writer, and creative living in Oakland, California. A descendant of Ghanaian and Bajan ancestors, she spent her early years growing up in England, Ghana, and the United States. As a Cultural Strategist for Power California she brings her passion for creative writing, artistic projects and cultural expression into movements for justice. Her previous work at Oakland Rising and Bay Rising included digital organizing, operations, youth engagement and mobilization to reimagine political systems for the benefit of communities of color. Prior to that, Pacita created programming for queer students of color with Michigan State University’s LGBT Resource Center. Pacita has a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. In her spare time you can find her immersing in writing that lifts up the voices of people of color, making beats on her bedroom floor, or finding ways to fill everyday moments with laughter.
Martin Pineda, 28-year-old, 1st generation Honduran and digital organizer for the Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles and the National TPS Alliance.
Maria Reza is proud to come from a family of teachers and powerful women that taught her to never be afraid of her voice. Born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, she moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her mother and sister in search of a better life and better opportunities. During her time at the University of Texas at Austin, she became involved with University Leadership Initiative, an undocumented youth-led organization that advocates for the liberation of undocumented immigrants in the United States. She has been organizing ever since, having worked with organizations such as United We Dream, United Students Against Sweatshops, the UCLA Labor Center, the Texas AFL-CIO, Catholic Charities, and more. She understands the power her communities wield, and she strives to uplift and empower the voices of those directly impacted as well as pushing for the liberation and self-determination of her communities. She now works as a Digital Organizer at Grassroots Leadership, an organization that advocates for a society that rejects mass incarceration and deportation. She plans to continue to uplift narratives created by directly impacted communities in order to achieve meaningful and restorative change. Maria is also a writer who enjoys reading, singing, watching movies, and cooking (as well as eating) delicious food.