Organizing & Mobilizing Workshop Resources

Organizing & Mobilizing Workshop Resources

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Jody Lykes – he/him – – (775) 682-8998

I’m a Hip Hop scholar, and the coordinator for the African diaspora program at the Center at UNR. I was raised between Sunnyside, WA and Santa Maria, CA. I received my Bachelors from Brigham Young University, Provo in Political Science with a Spanish minor. I earned my Masters from the University of Nevada, Reno in Educational Leadership. I earned my Ph.D. from UNR in Education, Diversity & Equity. Before I came to the University I worked for a few years at Truckee Meadows Community College. I teach several diversity courses on campus. When I’m not on campus, I’m probably eating with my family at a local casino. I’m a fan of the Seahawks, Sixers and Black Stars. I love learning about Nevada Black history. Nevada students are my heart.

Jody’s dissertation, “Black Scholars in White Spaces: Perspectives on Hip Hop Pedagogy in Higher Education” 

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Jakki Durón – she/her/ella – – connect on Instagram @pupusafemme

Jakki is a first-generation, queer Salvadoran-Honduran-American from Sparks, Nevada. She currently serves as the Regional Campus Organizer with the National Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In her role, she supports organizers creating strategies for youth engagement through PPGenAction chapters on the campuses in states west of the Mississippi River. Prior to her role on the Youth Squad, Jakki engaged communities of color around racial and reproductive justice in Portland, OR with Forward Together. Jakki started her organizing path at the University of Nevada, Reno as a leader with the Latinx Student Advisory Board and the PPGenAction chapter. When she’s not organizing for liberation, Jakki enjoys making Tik Toks and binge watching shows on Netflix. 

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Christen Harrison – she/her – – Twitter @bbychriss – Facebook: Christen Harrison

I’m originally from Vegas! I am 22 living and working in Reno. I work on an electoral campaign currently and I consider myself to be someone who is always learning about the avenues in which we pursue liberation outside of the electoral system. The state perpetuates violence against us all in different ways and replacing that with what we imagine as liberation, freedom, etc. is most important to work towards to me.

JamalEdeen Barghouti – any pronouns said with respect – connect on Instagram @truegayicon 

Bio: “I have been an advocate for equality and social change for most of my life. I am a queer first-generation Palestinian American. Over the last year I worked in corporate social responsibility and social equity in the cannabis industry.”

Ryan Moore – they/them – connect on Instagram @scintillae

Ryan Moore is the Sustainability and Outreach Manager of Nevada Youth Climate Strike, a local youth-run organization that focuses on the Reno/Tahoe community to foster a brighter future! When not getting involved in social justice, they enjoy eating lasagna, petting their dog, and catching up on recent movies.

Nevada Youth Climate Strike on Facebook

Also wanted to add petitions for Miciah Lee- 

Lydia Huerta – ella/her/hers – 

Lydia Huerta holds a joint faculty position in the department of communication and the gender, race, and identity program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Huerta specializes in 20th and 21st century cultural studies of the Americas, with an emphasis on the relationship between social media and narratives about the US/Mexico border. Her primary research examines the cultural production created in response to the women-killings in Ciudad Juárez since 1993. Other research interests focus on social movements, cultural narratives and public policies created in the United States and Mexico, which call attention to issues related to undocumented populations, specifically, women and LGBTQ migrants.

Aria Overli – she/her – – (775) 303-8510 

Aria Overli is a Community Organizer with ACTIONN. ACTIONN works to organize communities of faith to fight for racial and economic justice in Northern Nevada. Aria received her master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Gender, Race, and Identity from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. Her thesis focused on organizing and community building among young undocumented immigrants in the final years of the Obama administration. Aria grew up in Northern Nevada in an extremely low-income family and is passionate about ensuring that all low-income folks have access to the opportunities to succeed and to live safe and healthy lives.  

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Monique Normand – she/her –

Monique is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and is a licensed social worker. Monique was previously a community organizer with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and also worked at the University of Nevada, Reno. Monique is the co-founder of Women of Color+Coffee, which allows a space for women of color in the community. Monique is currently a clinical social work intern and serves low income and communities of color in Reno, Nevada.

WOC+C on Instagram

Helen Fillmore – she/her 

Helen Fillmore received her bachelor’s in environmental science and terrestrial resource management at the University of Washington. Helen currently sits on the tribal council for the Washoe Tribe as an off-reservation representative and is one of just a handful of remaining speakers of the Washu language. In 2017 Helen published an article titled “Using the Washoe Language to Inform Hydrologic and Environmental Models.”

“I wanted to share the NDN Collective as a (new) organization that is really focused on financially-sponsoring Indigenous individuals and communities for efforts focused on decolonization (in all of North America). I realize that most people won’t be able to benefit directly from this organization, but they provide a framework for financing radical change in really strategic ways (as a way to keep the momentum going). Seeding Sovereignty and Red Nation (already mentioned) are also good resources for information/updates regarding Indigenous issues + our shared responsibility to address injustices against other marginalized communities. None of these are local organizations, however. My email address if people want to contact me is”


Jody’s Dissertation:

UNR Program for Gender, Race, Identity:

Latinx Student Advisory Board:

These are the people that can be contacted directly at UNR to request more information about Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and to request a broader, more culturally diverse education:

Forward Together Oregon: 

Bail Support Reno & Las Vegas:

PP Reno on 5th: National Network of Abortion Funds:

Abortion is Essential petition:

Sunrise Movement – youth led environmental activism:

Transformative Justice by Mia Mingus:

Showing up for Racial Injustice:

No Tech for ICE:

Dream Defenders:

The Red Nation:

Strategies for Community Organizing:

Beautiful Rising:

The Action Strategy Guide:

Related to Aria’s stories People with Untreated Mental Illness 16 Times More Likely to Be Killed By Law Enforcement –

Ijeoma Oluo Website: 

Ijeoma Oiluo Twiter:

Donate to ACTIONN:

ACTIONN pledge cards:

Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada: 

Reno meetings – 

Sparks meetings – 

Info about DA’s office –

Antiracism Resources from GoodGoodGood:

Free PDF library of Womanist books and essays: 

A World Without Police

Petitions for Miciah Lee –

Using the Washoe Language to Inform Hydrologic and Environmental Models by Helen Fillmore: 

Diversity Course Requirement for UW: 

Washoe Tribe Website:

How COVID-19 is Impacting Indigenous Peoples:

Why are Queer People So Mean to Eachother?:

Another interesting panel that addresses some of the Q’s we are seeing here in the chat: Race in America from New Orleans Book Fest feat. Kiese Laymon, Cloe Wade, Eddie Glauden:

A Summary of Reality Pedagogy, by Christopher Emdin:

Via Instagram:
Mental Health Resources for the Black Community from @afspnational
Mental Health Tools from @healhaus
Impact of Racism on Mental Health @realdpressionproject

Some resources and numbers to call other than police.

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