Posts by mariogonzalez

James Marble

What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I’m working with the Safe Neighborhoods taskforce of ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment). How did you get involved originally? I connected with ABLE through my church, First Afrikan Presbyterian, in 1998. My initial concern and interest was the poor physical maintenance of schools in DeKalb County. The executive director…

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Octavia Moore

Octavia Moore, 16, holding paper at center, says Oakland, CA affiliate Genesis helped her find her voice. Her work on the group’s campaign to win free public transit for students to go to and from school has led to work to end the school to prison pipeline in Oakland schools and a deeper approach to…

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Maria Van Core

This summer Maria G. Van Core, Action Greater Lansing board member and president of Greater Lansing Area chapter of Labor Council For Latin American Advancement, LCLAA, nominated ACTION organizer Aida Cuadrado for a labor-community partnership award. She is a local and national leader on immigration issues. What is your current involvement with Gamaliel/Action of Greater…

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Vilma Cardona

A few weeks ago Pilsen Neighbors honored Vilma Cardona, 23, as its annual Senorita del Sol, recognizing her service to the community in Pilsen and accomplishments as a “Dreamer”—she was born in Guatemala and is the first in her family to go to college. Photo (of Cardona in traditional Guatemalan costume) by Oscar Espinoza courtesy of Oscar Photo.…

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Rev Rodney Williams

What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I am currently the Co-Chair of the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2). My role as Co-Chair is to help lead MORE2 in a prophetic way to help bring equity and justice to the greater metropolitan Kansas City region. How did you get involved with Gamaliel?…

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Karym Sánchez

Karym Sánchez, 24, inspires youth to rally for a cause This profile of North Bay Organizing Project youth organizer Karym Sanchez is reprinted with permission from La Voz Bilingual Newspaper of Santa Rosa County, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kan Lee) Karym Sanchez still remembers the title of the essay he submitted for the Juvenile Justice Commission…

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Pastor Dietra Wise Baker

“A COMMUNITY LEADER FOR JUSTICE FOR THE LONG TERM” What is your current involvement with Gamaliel? I am the Metropolitan Congregation’s United (MCU) Clergy Caucus co-leader. I provide leadership for the clergy from the congregations affiliated with MCU. MCU has not had a clergy caucus in a long time due to lack of leadership. Gamaliel’s…

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Bob Maddock

Bob grew up and continues to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is involved with Gamaliel’s affiliate, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). Bob has been the secretary of PIIN for approximately five years and is also part of the Education Task Force. How did you get involved with Gamaliel? I was a member of an organization…

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Komla Sam Ewu

Komla Sam Ewu was born in Yokele, which is located in West Africa. After growing up with several hardships that many children in West Africa face such as hunger and physical abuse, he attained his high school diploma and then went on to achieve his Masters’ Degree in Linguistics from the University of Lome-Togo. Sam…

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Lido Pedres

Lino is a member of the Gamaliel affiliate, CROP (Capital Region Organizing Project). He has been with CROP since October of 2013. Lino was born in Mexico and moved to California in the early 1980s. After moving to San Jose California, he started to become involved in the community and Unions by doing service work.…

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