Rally of Inclusion Speakers
As a community historian, storyteller, and musician, Charlie Chin has been at the forefront of Asian American artistic expression since 1970. He was the Community Education Director at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City and has continued his research and performances as the Artist-in-Residence at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. On top of performing live, Charlie has published several children’s books, including China’s Bravest Girl (1992) and Clever Bird (1996); and several of his plays, A.B.C., American Born Chinese (1983), The Last Spirit Boxer (1992) and Hawaiian Sweethearts (2001), have been produced in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.
Caitlyn Clark is a spoken word artist and junior in high school. She became Youth Speaks’ youngest ever Teen Poetry Slam Grand Champion at age 14 and went on to represent the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. When she is not writing poems, she is busy running the Feminism/Gender Equality Club at her school, which she founded in 2016. She hopes to continue working on her craft and skills as a writer, performer and facilitator through the Youth Speaks Collective and remains eager to someday publish a complete collection of poems.
Chito Cuellar is the Vice President of UNITE HERE Local 2, a union of over 12,000 workers in the hospitality industries of San Francisco and San Mateo. Local 2 members work at many job sites – including hotels, restaurants, food services, laundries and San Francisco International Airport. We include room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, and dishwashers. Chito immigrated from El Salvador and is a respected labor movement leader.
Reverend Norman Fong is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center. He has worked in the San Francisco Chinatown for over 30 years starting out as a pastor organizing and creating youth programs. He then became very involved in neighborhood empowerment and planning, grassroots leadership development and program management. He is also the co-founder of the Jest Jammin Band dedicated to playing classic Soul/R &B/Motown music.
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first 10 women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a pioneer Jewish feminist, writer, visual artist, ceremonialist, community organizer and master storyteller. Rabbi Lynn practices and teaches the Torah of Nonviolence and Jewish Arts of Resistance at Shomeret Shalom Rabbinic School & Global Congregation in Berkeley, CA.
Dr. Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum security concentration camp for the so-called “disloyal”, in Northern California during WWII. After 4 ½ years of incarceration, her family was released and eventually returned to San Francisco. She grew up in San Francisco Japan Town, attended George Washington High School and often played and practiced basketball in the Chinatown Rec Center.
Hong Mei Pang is the Immigrant Rights Program Manager at Chinese for Affirmative Action where she serves low-income, limited-English-proficient, newly arrived, and undocumented Chinese immigrants. As the previous Program Coordinator at ASPIRE and a current member, Hong Mei is dedicated to ensure that undocumented families remain at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement. She spent several years in New York City where she graduated from The New School and cultivated a strong passion for community organizing. As an undocumented API youth, she has been actively involved in community organizing and is a co-founder, member and previously the Lead Organizer at Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast (RAISE), affiliated with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Mabel Teng is the executive director of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Since the early 1980’s, Mabel has been a respected community leader advocating for civil rights and building coalitions. Mabel served as a San Francisco Community College Trustee for four years and in 1994, she made history by becoming the first Chinese-American woman to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Jeán “JT” Teodoro is a community organizer, poet and hip-hop artist. He is a member of ALAY– a grassroots organization that aims to empower youth and young adults in the Excelsior District of San Francisco by addressing the most relevant and deep-rooted issues affecting their community. These issues include the lack of education and employment opportunities, as well as the rising cost of housing and affordability in the Bay Area.
Sameena Usman serves as the Government Relations Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, where she works with elected officials in advocating for impactful legislation, connects them with their constituents, and provides information about the Bay Area Muslim community and their concerns – including civil rights issues. Through her work, she also actively builds bridges with various communities and conducts interfaith dialogue.
Eddy Zheng knows firsthand the difficulties, barriers and frustrations young, immigrant AAPI people are going through, and what can happen when they don’t get the help and support they need to succeed. Eddy’s mission is to use his experiences to inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education, raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex on the Asian and Pacific Islander population, and promote racial harmony among people of color. Eddy is the Co-Director of Oakland based Asian Prisoner Support Committee.
Helen Zia is an award-winning journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
She is also co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me, which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.”
Zia is former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies. She was named one of the most influential Asian Americans of the decade by A. Magazine.