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Bay Area Working Group

Bay Area working group

Ellen-Rae Cachola | Lizelle Festejo | Annie Fukushima | Maikiko James | Sabina Perez | Aileen Suzara

Ellen-rae Cachola is a member of the Ilocano diaspora from the island of Maui.  Currently, she is living in the San Francisco Bay Area, working as an Archival Coordinator of Manilatown Heritage Foundation and an intern at the San Francisco League of Young Voters.  On her free time, she is a Philippine folk dancer with Parangal Dance Company, and a technology activist with the Women for Genuine Security and OVM Multi-Media collective. Ellen-Rae has a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Lizelle Festejo

annie fukushima is a doctoral student in Ethnic Studies and a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women & Sexuality. Fukushima's research connects gender, migration, visual culture, social movements, and transnational feminisms. As a scholar activist Fukushima is the founder of a grassroots initiative, SAFEHS (Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery).She is also a first team responder to human trafficking with SAGE, the Programs Coordinator for Narika at Berkeley, a student outreach and educational program on issues of sex exploitation, domestic abuse, human trafficking and intersecting violences that impact the community, co-organizer for the San Francisco Fight Human Trafficking Meet Up, a grassroots meet up whose goal is to fight human trafficking through education, volunteers with Asian Women's Shelter, San Francisco and serves as the Board of Advisor for Chinese Adoptee Links International. Her scholarly activism also includes her participation in various working groups including: The Visuality & Alterity Working Group, Graduate Asian Pacific Islander Collective and Lyric: Women of Ethnic Studies.

maikiko James is a Bay Area born and bred Artist/Activist and is the progeny of activist parents, stepparents and godparents. She spends her daytimes in development and grantwriting, and her nighttimes performing, playwriting, and screenwriting. She graduated from NYU with a degree in Dramatic Writing and Asian Pacific American Studies.

sabina perez

aileen Suzara is the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and finds home in the Bay Area and Hawai'i Island.  The connections between environment, identity, women, and self-determination led her to WGS.  An active member of the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES), Aileen joined the board in 2007, and co-facilitated the Face2Face solidarity trip to the Philippines in 2008.  She currently teaches urban environmental education to youth in San Francisco.


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