Ana Orozco, National Organizer for Feminisms and Gender Justice programs
Ana Orozco joined the GGJ team in June 2017 as the National Organizer for Feminisms and Gender Justice programs. Prior to joining the GGJ team, Ana worked in the field of environmental and climate justice both in California and New York City. Ana organized with Communities for a Better Environment against the Chevron expansion project in Richmond, CA. Later, Ana returned to her home in New York City to continue organizing around environmental justice issues with UPROSE in Brooklyn. There Ana worked with community members on a Just Transitions campaign to protect the industrial waterfront of Sunset Park, so that it might serve as a space to produce the necessary infrastructure for New York City to transition to a regenerative energy economy. Ana has a strong commitment to social justice. She brings with her a deep understanding of the need for a Just Transition to challenge systems of oppression. Navigating her way through the world as a woman gives her the perspective necessary to prioritize gender justice in this movement towards a more just society.
Angaza Laughinghouse, National Organizer- Anti-Militarism Programs
Angaza Laughinghouse, is a North Carolina-based organizer and attorney. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Before graduating from law school in 2015, Angaza spent time as a community and labor organizer and activist, supporting working-class struggles for racial and economic justice.
He later served as an Assistant Public Defender in Durham, NC, where he handled various traffic and criminal matters. His frustration with the systematic inequities in the criminal justice system led him to join various non profits as a staff attorney, working to end Mass Incarceration and the School to Prison Pipeline, while also organizing to empower oppressed communities.
Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator/Executive Director
Cindy Wiesner is a 25-year veteran of the social justice movement in the U.S. and internationally who currently serves as the national coordinator of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. She helped co-found the Climate Justice Alliance, and she has played a leadership role in the Peoples Climate Movement that organized the massive mobilizations in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco in recent years, and is an advisor to Groundswell’s new Liberation Fund.
Cindy started organizing with HERE Local 2850 in Oakland, CA, and went on to become the director of organizing for People Organizing to Win Employment Rights in San Francisco and an organizer and board member for generationFIVE. She has also been a consultant for Men Overcoming Violence Everywhere and Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
Cindy previously worked as Leadership Development Director of the Miami Workers Center and represented the group as a member of the U.S. Social Forum National Planning Committee. She has been active in many movement building initiatives over the years, including World March of Women, Social Movement Assemblies, International Council of the World Social Forum, Fight Against the FTAA, UNITY, Building Equity and Alignment Initiative and, currently, It Takes Roots and the Majority.
Her main passions are training organizers in a transformative radical organizing model and building counter-hegemonic campaigns that not only fight what participants are against, but put into practice what they want to see manifested. She identifies as a lesbian and is of Salvadoran, Colombian and German descent. She is a grassroots feminist, internationalist, and movement strategist.
Cynthia Oka, Development Strategist
Cynthia Oka rejoined the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance team in 2018 as Development Strategist, after formerly serving in the roles of Administrative and Logistics Coordinator and Executive Assistant to National Coordinator Cindy Wiesner. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she has also lived in Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories) and Philadelphia, bringing over 10 years of grassroots organizing and strategic experience across issues of migrant justice, intersectional feminism, revolutionary mothering, and multiracial solidarity. She has worked with organizations such as No One is Illegal, Vancouver Status of Women, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, and most recently the Sanctuary Advocate Coalition. Cynthia is also a poet, author, and proud (formerly teen single) mama to a young musician.
Jade Daniels, Communications Coordinator
Jade Daniels joined the GGJ team October 2018 as Communications Coordinator after working with the GGJ and It Takes Roots team on Solidarity to Solutions week. She is a community member, journalist, an activist, an artist, a writer, and fervent lover of her people. She comes from a racial justice/ worker organizing background. Jade’s motivating force in this work is to create and contribute to spaces and platforms which allow the people to be their own narrators and history keepers of their struggles, their victories, and their lives. She has previously served as both the Communications Organizer and Coalition Organizer at the South Central based Los Angeleas Black Worker Center. She is an active organizer and member of Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles, and serves on the board of her Los Angeles based Afro-futuristic Queer Femme Artist Collective, SnatchPower. Jade also works to promote international solidarity and bridge-building- primarily with Afro- Brazilian organizations, movements, and struggles based in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro areas. She loves dancing anywhere and everywhere, creating resilient radical art, loud full belly laughter, reading with her dog outside, and traveling this world. Jade(at)ggjalliance(dot)org
Jaron Browne, Organizing Director
Jaron Browne is the National Organizer for Global Well Being programs, building out GGJ’s Just Transition, climate justice and anti-militarism campaigns, including support for CJA’s Our Power Campaign, and other national and international climate justice and new economy campaigns. Jaron coordinated the It Takes Roots delegation to the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Marrakesh and was a co-author of the report We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line, analyzing the impact of Paris Climate Agreement. In 2016, Jaron worked with GGJ member organizations to coordinate a series of Just Transition Assemblies in Detroit, Vermont, Seattle and Rhode Island. Before joining GGJ, Jaron was an organizer with POWER and Causa Justa::Just Cause for nearly 13 years, building the power of working class Black and Latino families in the Bay Area. Jaron was trained as an organizer with the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles at the Labor/Community Strategy Center in 2001. Jaron has also been active in the movement to end mass incarceration, as well as LGBT social movements in the US. Jaron is located in Oakland, CA. jaron(at)ggjalliance(dot)org
Kelly Archbold, Executive Assistant to Cindy Wiesner
Kelly Archbold joined the GGJ team in January 2018 as the Executive Assistant to Cindy Wiesner but has loved and worked with GGJ for many years. In 2015, she helped with logistics prep for the It Takes Roots delegation to the UNFCCC COP21. In 2010, while on staff at the Labor/Community Strategy Center, she participated as a GGJ member in the International Caravan for Life, Resistance, and Environmental Justice in Mexico that traveled to Cancun for COP16. At LCSC, Kelly was the office manager, big events coordinator, and director's assistant for 10 years. She has focused on infrastructure-building, administration, logistics, event coordination, data entry, and assistance support in grassroots movements for over 15 years. She also loves to dance, especially in community and with her child. With family roots in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Illinois, Kelly grew up in the Los Angeles area.
Mariana Mendoza, It Takes Roots Project Coordinator
Born and raised in Mexico City, currently living in Los Angeles, Mariana brings experience in community and youth organizing, grassroots project development, narrative strategy, curriculum development, popular education and facilitation.
For the last few years she has mostly been involved in migrant rights, racial justice, just transition, ideological change, anti-militarism, and self-determination organizing.
She is the It Takes Roots Project Coordinator and a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy. Mariana deeply believes in the power of utopian imagination and in the collective determination of communities. When she is not organizing, studying, or eating with friends, she is usually climbing rocks. Mariana(at)ItTakesRoots(dot)org
Randy Jackson, It Takes Roots Development Coordinator
Randy Jackson is a long-time strategist, organizational development facilitator, organizer, fundraiser and overall organization builder seeking solutions to the issues of racial, economic and climate justice. Prior to becoming the Development Coordinator for It Takes Roots, Randy worked as a consultant for transformational resource generation and organizational development working with national alliances, statewide base-building groups, and a national movement lawyering outfit.
Previous to this Randy worked in wide variety of settings including grassroots workers’ centers, statewide voter engagement organizations, and national networks wearing a number of hats in all of them.
Randy has experience in program development, strategic planning, financial operations, fundraising and development. He has participated in the development of various progressive movements over the years – from the growth of no- and low-wage workers’ centers, the emergence of the immigrant rights organizations, to the anti-war and peace and justice movement. Randy(at)ittakesroots(dot)org
Samudra Kiné Weerasekera Randazzo, Grassroots Feminism and Gender Justice Intern
Samudra Kiné Weerasekera Randazzo became GGJ’s radical intern in 2019, assisting the Grassroots Feminist team through research and logistical coordination. She first volunteered with GGJ at the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit at the age of 12, which greatly contributed to her political awakening.
Samudra recently graduated with a Global Studies degree with Gender Studies and World Arts & Communication minors. She identifies as a questioning young mixed woman of Sri Lankan heritage, with an exponential passion for for grassroots internationalism and cross-cultural organizing to build a Just Transition toward Grassroots Feminist Economies around the globe. Samudra(at)ggjalliance(dot)com
Shaun (Sha) Grogan-Brown, Deputy Director
Shaun (Sha) Grogan-Brown, Deputy Director for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), considers himself a "plumber for the movement," ensuring the collaborative fundraising models and logistical & administrative infrastructure necessary for grassroots organizing to happen. He has worked to strengthen movements for social justice since the late 90s, and is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and self-sustaining capacity of grassroots organizations. He worked with Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) from 2001-2008, was the Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator for the US Social Forum 2010, and then joined GGJ staff in 2010. In the past Sha has served on the boards of Resource Generation and Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). He currently serves on the boards of Grassroots International and CISPES, and is the Art Editor for the upcoming second edition of Trans Bodies Trans Selves: A Resource Guide for the Transgender Community. Sha is an anti-racist white queer transman & dad of a toddler from the Washington DC area, where he is currently based. sha(at)ggjalliance(dot)org
Sunyoung Yang, Political Director
Sunyoung Yang is the Special Projects Coordinator, a newly formed position to support GGJ's overall membership and program development initiatives. Prior to GGJ, Sunyoung worked close to a decade at the Labor/Community Strategy Center(LCSC) and Bus Riders Union (BRU)based in Los Angeles, as the lead organizer for their transit justice and climate justice campaigns. She has represented BRU and GGJ in various international movement delegations. She took a 5 year sabbatical farming in Hawaii learning about food sovereignty as it relates to the struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty against US military occupation and Monsanto takeover/poisoning of land and water resources. She participated in the UCSC Center for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Community Systems’s horticulture apprenticeship and worked as a food justice organizer in her home base of Trenton, NJ.
She currently lives with her intergenerational family in Trenton, NJ and is enjoying being a new mom to a rompousy bundle of joy. Sunyoung(at)ggalliance(dot)org
Yahaira Carrillo Rosales, Operations Coordinator
Yahaira Carrillo Rosales joined the GGJ team in 2019 as Operations Coordinator. She identifies as a queer mexicana chingona and calls many places home. Organizing for social justice through community, policy & creative interventions since 2007, she believes that individuals affected by social (in)justice should share rich complex stories through organizing and art. Yahaira recently graduated from Mills College with an MFA in Literary Translation and currently lives in Oakland; where she learns about herbalism, writes and translates, plays with Luna (her chihuahua), & tries to keep her plants alive. Yahaira@ggjalliance(dot)org