Yatziri Tovar was born in Mexico and migrated to New York City, where she has been living since the age of two. While trying to apply to college, she came face to face with the harsh reality of the U.S. broken immigration system. Being the first in her family to attend college was therefore not easy. This motivated Yatziri to become the co-founder and president of the CCNY Dream Team, a student club dedicated to empowering undocumented students to take action and bring awareness to the college campus. Yatziri lead workshops, rallies, interviews and worked to create a safe space for all students regardless of immigration status. Yatziri became a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient in 2013. She previously has worked as a college counselor helping immigrant youth navigate the college application process, interned at the office of a private immigration attorney and worked at the Consulate General of Mexico in New York. At the same time, she continued her advocacy work as a member of Make the Road New York (MRNY). As a member she spoke at various press conferences and rallies, including the 30,000+ person rally at Battery Park the weekend of the Muslim Ban in 2017. Bringing her experience of organizing within the immigrant community, understanding of the immigration legal system, and speaking out to demand justice for all people, regardless of color, gender, religion or where they were born, she joined MRNY’s team as the Media Specialist in 2018.

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Tim Buckingham

I currently live in Lexington Kentucky with my partner, Amy, our daughter Joleigh, our son Hagan, and our dog Ellie. I joined KFTC staff as a Communication Associate in 2007. I am primarily involved in materials and message production with a leg immersed in grassroots fundraising. I have MA in Critical Media Studies from the University of Kentucky. I’m active in local community organizing around equal access to transportation. I’m a founding member of the amazing Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop (thebrokespoke.org).

Tori Cress

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.

Sidney Fang

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sydney is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and refugees. She is the Communications Associate at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Prior to APEN, she served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the United Way of King County in Seattle and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement in Washington, D.C.. Sydney’s communications expertise comes from her time as a Communications Intern with Grassroots Change and her experience as a spokesperson on issues of campus diversity. Sydney graduated in 2012 from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health and a Public Policy minor. She began her activist career as a student leader in multicultural campus coalitions, where she focused on recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented Asian Pacific Islanders and served as a student senator. Sydney has also organized Chinese home care workers and served as a City of Berkeley Community Health Commissioner. She was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow and a Bridges to Health Academy Associate at the Greenlining Institute. In her spare time, Sydney runs Lake Merritt, cooks Chinese food, and does neighborhood organizing against displacement.

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