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Is an organizer, educator, and activist born in Korea and now living in New York City. He became politically active around the struggle to fight for legal protections for undocumented immigrant youth in 2012. Organizing in the immigrant rights struggle, he realized the need to connect the different fronts of struggles and unite marginalized communities in the US and internationally. Currently, he serves as the General Manager of the People’s Forum.
Manolo de los Santos
Organizer and social justice activist. He was founding director of the People’s Forum, a movement incubator for marginalized communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad. Since then, he has served as an educator and consultant with social movements across Latin America and Africa.
has been an organizer and political educator in the movement to end poverty for three decades, having worked with the National Union of the Homeless, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. He is a co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia, a past board member of the Philadelphia Student Union, and worked with the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative. He currently is a Political Education Coordinator for Put People First! PA, for the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and for the University of the Poor.
Pilar Troya Fernández
is an Ecuadorian activist, researcher, and feminist anthropologist. Her main areas of interest are social public policies, especially concerning gender equality and the feminist movement. Her activism began in college as part of the student movement and she was involved in the Women’s Assembly in Quito. She worked as a researcher with the System of Social Indicators (SIISE) and the Latin America Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), where she also taught classes on public policies and social indicators. She then served as an advisor to the Ministry of National Planning, and as an advisor and Deputy Minister to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Ecuador.
JEF has offices in New York.