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September 14, 7:00PM - 8:30PM  EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to have, significant impacts on our organizing work. 

 

This virtual, interactive discussion is designed for social justice organizers to share with each other the impacts and lessons-learned from organizing in this pandemic.

 

We will hear three organizers share what they have learned about what we're capable of, how work has shifted over the last year and a half, and how it will have to shift again as conditions continue to change.

 

We will start with a brief panel and save the rest of our session for participants to ask questions and learn from each other. 

PANELISTS

We will be joined by some really powerful organizers who will share their stories of organizing during the pandemic. 

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SASHA WIJEYERATNE

Executive Director, CAAAV

Sasha is a queer, South Asian, Sri Lankan with organizing roots and homes in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Madison, and DC. Before becoming the Executive Director of CAAAV, Sasha was the Organizing Director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, working to build the power of LGBTQ API communities towards a world where all queer and trans people of color can thrive. The core of Sasha’s work is a belief that we have what we need to win, that the margins of our communities will lead us towards liberation, that we can transform ourselves and our people to build real power, and that we can must organize towards a  world without borders, prisons or binaries. Sasha has also been part of a variety of organizing and political education projects including: South Asian Youth Movement, No Dane County Jail Coalition, VigilantLove, Asians for Black Lives, LASSI: Los Angeles Solidarity Summer Institute, Queer South Asian National Network, and more.

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NICOLE KLIGERMAN

Nicole is a fourth generation Philadelphian who brings a decade of union and community organizing experience in Southeastern Pennsylvania working alongside low wage immigrants and workers to win improvements in their lives and build long-term social movements. Prior to founding the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she was a union organizer with the   Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), where she organized nurses and healthcare workers across the state to form unions, build power, and win contracts that set state-wide standards for working conditions and patient care. At the undocumented-led New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Nicole organized to end deportations and family separation, resulting in Philadelphia historic "Sanctuary City" victory which ended police-ICE collaboration in the city. Previously, Nicole worked as the Housing Coordinator for the refugee resettlement program at HIAS Pennsylvania. 

Ariel Morales

Co-Founder, Tenant Organizer, Renters United Philadelphia

Ariel Morales joined the Public Interest Law Center in 2019 as a tenant organizer, and co-founded Renters United Philadelphia as a new organization within the Law Center. He has 8 years of community organizing experience. He was a community organizer for the Women’s Community Revitalization Project in Philadelphia. There he helped lead the Development without Displacement campaign and led neighborhood campaigns to get city-owned land into the Community Justice Land Trust for the development of 104 deeply affordable homes in three separate developments. He has also worked as an electoral field canvasser with Lancaster Stands Up and as a volunteer organizer with Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy, a short-lived activist collective. He earned a certification in 2018 from Florestan Fernandes National School’s International Course for Political Educators in Guararema, Brazil.