Edwin Argueta is a Salvadoran immigrant, and is one of the regional organizers for Massachusetts Jobs With Justice with primary responsibility for the North Shore region, Raise Up Massachusetts, and workers' rights work. Edwin has been active for many years in the immigrant rights movement and organized labor as a service provider, advocate, and organizer. Recently he has been an activist, along with many other African American, Asian, and immigrant organizers, in the struggle to bring change around issues that affect communities of color in Greater Boston; particularly education reform, economic justice, and political empowerment. He is a leader of the immigrant rights movement and organized labor in Massachusetts and in the New England region, currently working to provide strategic support for statewide immigrant worker rights initiatives and campaigns as well as just and humane immigration reform at the national level. Edwin is a board member of One Everett, United for a Fair Economy and La Comunidad Inc.
Natalia Berthet Garcia is a Uruguayan immigrant who grew up in North Central Massachusetts. She started organizing shortly after she was granted DACA, motivated by the policy's exclusion of immigrant workers, families, and other undocumented people.
Since 2013, Natalia has been organizing at JwJ around public education, immigrant rights, and workers' rights. She was the Central Massachusetts coordinator for the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign - a statewide effort that won earned sick time and raised the minimum wage for Massachusetts workers in 2014. She was also the Central Massachusetts lead organizer for the No On Question 2 campaign, a successful statewide effort that stopped the expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts. Natalia is also an interpreter (Spanish/English), a reproductive justice advocate, and a Communications nerd.
Alicia Fleming was born and raised in Western Massachusetts where she has lived all of her life and now organized for JwJ. Growing up in a family of political aficionados, her family history is one that is interwoven with government and social activism.
She attended college in the Berkshires where she studied English/Communications, and has since spent many years working in both the manufacturing and food service industries.
As a multiracial woman, Alicia has always been drawn to issues of social justice, civil rights and inequality. As a single and working mother, she is a passionate advocate for making politics and activism more inclusive for parents, and is devoted to improving the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet. Alicia has been pursuing these goals by bringing her voice and vigor to numerous progressive organizations and endeavors. She has become a fixture of the social justice activism scene throughout the Western Massachusetts and her passion for equity is obvious everywhere she goes.
Rose Bookbinder is an organizer with MJWJ and is a founding organizer of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center where she also works. She began her career fighting for workers rights in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley of NY, working with day laborers in the construction and agricultural sectors.
As a lead organizer for the United Auto Workers, she worked with Casino Dealers and Higher Ed, and with AFSCME, she worked with food service workers. She serves as the Recording Secretary for the Hampshire Franklin Central Labor Council and on the Board of Directors for the Food Chain Workers Alliance.
Rose is excited to be a part of a transformative organizing that is working towards systemic change in Massachusetts. Si Se Puede!
Lily Huang is the Co-Director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. She is a native of Boston's Chinatown and Quincy, MA. Her commitment to social justice was formed early by her experience as a child of immigrant parents who were low-wage workers in the local restaurant, hotel and health care industries. Lily studied Political Geography at Vassar College an spent two years abroad at the US-Mexico borderland where she deepened her passion for migrant justice.
Before Massachusetts JwJ, Lily was a summer Organizer with UNITE HERE Local 26. For three years, she was a volunteer organizer with the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), recruiting and developing immigrant youth leaders across the state. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Lily led two week vigils in front of the MA State House against proposed anti-immigrant amendments. She also built a coalition of more than 40 community organizations, unions and groups for the DREAM Act.
After a six-month fellowship to study Mandarin in Beijing, China, Lily joined Massachusetts JwJ an organizer in April 2012. Lily expanded the organization's geographic reach and developed educators, parents and students to become movement leaders throughout the state. When Holyoke schools were being taken over by the state, Lily trained public high school students in organizing skills and political education to take action. With educators of color and immigrant parents and students, Lily led a campaign to win and implement bilingual education in Spanish and Portuguese for newcomers in Framingham's Fuller Middle School. In 2016, Lily played a key role in the "No on Question 2" victory to stop the charter school industry's privatization agenda in Massachusetts.
Lily s on the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA) and Raise Up Massachusetts Steering Committee. She has deep organizing experience in the cities of Boston, Framingham, New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Worcester, and Fitchburg. She is committed to centering art and culture in movement building. Lily speaks Spanish, Toisanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Gillian Mason is the Co-Director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. Prior to joining the JwJ staff, Gillian was the coordinator of MoveOn.org’s Boston Council and the Jamaica Plain Forum, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. Before devoting herself full-time to organizing, Gillian was an adjunct professor of English, Women’s Studies, and American literature and culture for ten years, teaching at Suffolk University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. As a student, she served as president of the Graduate Student Organization at BU, leading successful campaigns for basic worker protections and benefits for grad student employees. As a contingent faculty member, Gillian was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association at UMass and served on the steering committee of the American Association of University Professors at Suffolk University. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, the Board of Directors for the Student Immigrant Movement, the steering committee of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, and the advisory boards of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development and the Boston University Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism.
Tarshia Green-Williams is a mother of two sons and was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently a workers' rights organizer for Jobs with Justice. Prior to organizing, she worked as a Billing Coordinator at Boston Medical Center. She became active in organizing as a shop steward at Boston Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts, when she was a member of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Worker's East. In 2007 she became a union organizer in new organizing department for 1199 SEIU Healthcare Worker's East. During that time she worked on several healthcare organizing campaigns around the country.
Sarah Kelley is the Lead Organizer for Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice, a committee of the national IWJ network and partner of MJWJ that activates diverse communities of faith on issues of workers’ rights (www.massinterfaith.org).
Sarah grew up in Woburn, MA and was raised in the Winchester Unitarian Society, where she gleaned the importance of organizing across religious differences. She began labor rights organizing as a student at UMass Amherst, where she was a founding member of the UMass Amherst Chapter of the Student Labor Action Project and organizer for the Center for Education, Policy, and Advocacy. Post college, Sarah taught students with learning disabilities for 3 years and interned at Essential Partners, a non-profit that provides consultation and training in conflict resolution. In addition to social justice and dialogue studies, Sarah is passionate about taking selfies with her cats: Pawsitron and Bean.
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