The voter registrations keep pouring in--our amazing team of Movement Building Fellows and interns has now registered over 1,200 voters in a matter of weeks! Who are these rising stars, you ask?
Below are biographies (and fun facts) for the emerging leaders who've been working with us as part of our Movement Building Fellowship Program, a five-month program for Long Island residents interested in community and electoral organizing to increase the participation of immigrants, African-Americans, and Latinos in the American democratic process.
Darlina Sanchez, a Movement Building Fellow with New York Communities for Change, is a student at Central Islip High School who became inspired to increase participation in her community at LICET’s county executive candidate forum last fall. As the youngest LICET fellow, Darlina spices up the office with her youthful exuberance.
Kelli Spanos, a Movement Building Fellow with Make the Road New York, lives in Westbury. She is an immigrant from South America and motivated by her connection to her own ancestral lineage, history, and personal experiences. She has been a Make the Road New York member since 2011 and plays the violin.
Maria Magdalena (Nena) Flores, a Movement Building Fellow with the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), is a Bay Shore resident. She is originally from El Salvador and is thrilled to be working to get more recent immigrants engaged in the political process. Nena is also a fabulous cook.
Ishraq Ali, a Movement Building Fellow with Youth Enrichment Services, is a local Ronkonkoma community member. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in International Relations from Boston University. He takes pride in his Muslim American identity and is looking for opportunities to increase the public participation of his community. As a lover of basketball, perhaps it’s no surprise that his favorite word is “Shoooot.”
Ken Sinkler, a Movement Building Fellow working with the Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET), is a Gordon Heights resident. He was worked for the United Negro College Fund, CARE and the American Bible Society and is on the board of trustees of St Andrews Episcopal Church in Yaphank. He is an avid auto restoration fan and loves music and photography.
Nedia Morsy, an intern with LICET and a rising junior at Amherst College, where she is a political science and black studies major. Nedia’s small windpipe makes her susceptible to frequent hiccupping that resounds around the office.
Regina Hodge, an intern with LICET, is a rising senior at Harvard University majoring in History and Literature. As a Uniondale resident of Haitian/Anguillian descent, she is excited to be getting involved in Long Island politics this summer. She also shares Kanye West’s affinity for fonts.