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2001 BANNERMAN FELLOWS

NELLIE HESTER BAILEY

New York, NY
Since joining SNCC in the 1960s, Nellie Hester Bailey has worked to build a broad-based movement for social and economic justice. During decades of tenant organizing, she helped win hundreds of rent strikes and today, as Executive Director of the Harlem Tenants Council, she is spearheading the fight to protect Harlem residents from the impact of gentrification. Nellie also co-chairs the multi-racial Citywide Tenants Coalition and is a leader of alliances focused on police brutality and international solidarity.



ALLEN BERNARD

New Orleans, LA
A longtime union activist, Allen Bernard helped form the International Sugar Cooperative, uniting sugar workers in over 30 countries. After a job injury left him unable to work, Allen built on his union experience to form the Louisiana Injured Workers Union. Since 1990, LIWU has been the model for injured workers coming together to claim their rights and fight to reform the workers compensation system. Allen's leadership extends to health and safety groups internationally as well as social justice organizations across the South.



EDUARDO CANALES

Denver, CO
An organizer of the third party movement, La Raza Unida, in Texas in the 1970s, Eduardo Canales has been a community and labor activist ever since. He worked on SEIU's ground-breaking Justice for Janitors campaign in Denver and has been a strong voice within the labor movement for racial equity and a progressive position on immigration. Eddie has played a leading role in immigrant rights coalitions in Colorado and Texas, and is currently board chair of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He is an organizer for the Rocky Mountain Council of the Carpenters Union.



SHAMITA DAS DASGUPTA

Union, NJ
An activist in women's organizations since the early 1970s, Shamita Das Dasgupta co-founded Manavi, the first organization in the United States to focus on violence against women in the South Asian community. Since 1985, the group has provided supportive services to battered women and organized to eradicate family violence. In addition to Manavi in New Jersey, Shamita has been instrumental in the development of more than two dozen organizations for South Asian women across the country.



MARICELA GARCIA

Chicago, IL
Forced to flee Guatemala because of her activism against the repressive government, Maricela Garcia continued organizing in the United States. In the 1980s, she founded groups to assist refugees and work in solidarity with Guatemala's emerging women's movement to change US policy toward Central America. Currently, as Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Maricela is a key leader in the immigrant rights movement, forging alliances with non-immigrant social justice organizations and mobilizing support for a new legalization program.



MICHAEL LEON GUERRERO

Albuquerque, NM
A student activist in the 1980s, Michael Leon Guerrero began organizing at the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) in 1987 and is now its Co-Director. Dedicated to empowering people to control their own communities and to realize social and economic justice, SWOP's accomplishments range from forcing industries to clean-up pollution to registering 30,000 voters. Michael is also a founder of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. He narrowly lost a race for the Albuquerque city council in 1999.



SOLI NIHEU

Kamuela, HI
For more than 30 years, Soli Niheu has been at the forefront of Native Hawai'ian struggles. Working with grassroots groups in successful campaigns to protect land rights and stop military test bombing, and in the ongoing sovereignty movement, he has been arrested and jailed over 20 times. Soli is leading a new effort to unite sovereignty activists called Hawai'i United for Liberation and Independence (HULI). He is also a leader of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement.



JANET ROBIDEAU

Missoula, MT
When the American Indian Movement came to her reservation in 1973, Janet Robideau's lifelong fight for social justice began. While working in a nursing home, she organized her co-workers, was elected president of the union they formed and co-founded the Montana Nursing Home Coalition to advocate for residents' rights. In 1995, she began building Indian People's Action, an affiliate of Montana People's Action, which quickly became the voice of urban Indians in Montana. IPA has waged effective campaigns against institutional racism in schools and law enforcement agencies.



ANGELA SANBRANO

Los Angeles, CA
For more than a decade, as the Executive Director of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Angela Sanbrano played a major leadership role in the organizing that curtailed US military intervention in El Salvador. Today, as Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), she leads the largest Central American organization in this country. Combining services with organizing, CARECEN is building the power of Los Angeles' more than one million Central American immigrants.



MICHAEL ZINZUN

Los Angeles, CA
Michael Zinzun's decades of struggle for social justice began with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He co-founded the Coalition Against Police Abuse in 1975 and for his activism suffered a police beating which left him blind in one eye. Under Michael's guidance, CAPA continues to use organizing, documentation and legal action to secure justice for victims of police violence and changes in police policy. Michael is also a founding member of Police Watch and Communities in Support of the Gang Truce. His work with young people includes training them to produce video documentaries.

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