National Leadership

Formed in 1997, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is a grassroots organization of youth and students who believe that a powerful and dynamic labor movement will ensure greater justice for all people. We use our unique roles of students as consumers, workers, and members of the campus community to win victories that set precedents in the struggle for self-determination of working people everywhere, particularly campus workers and garment workers who make collegiate licensed apparel.

 

National Student Coordinating Committee (contact info)

Ana JimenezANA JIMENEZ is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Government and History and minoring in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality studies. She is from a predominately Latinx and working class community and identifies as a first generation, working class student. She is currently a student organizer with the Cornell Organization for Labor Action where they won their Nike campaign this past summer and are now working towards running SWOC at Cornell! She is part of Cornell’s Licensing Oversight Committee and was a Union Summer intern, where she spent a summer organizing carwash workers in New York City. Last year she was Chairman of the WRC Board and is excited to be on the WRC Board again and the ISC Committee. When not envisioning how to build a stronger international labor movement, she enjoys dreaming in Spanish, wandering around museums, writing, photography, and aestheticism.

 

hannah dolling

HANNAH DOLLING is a senior at the University of Washington. She first joined USAS in the fall of 2015, and since then she has worked on campaigns against Nike and H&M. In her two years of mobilizing students in the Nike campaign, she has learned how much power organized students and workers really hold. Hannah also does work in the Seattle labor movement with Unite Here Local 8, where she is learning how to organize in the hotel and foodservice industries. In her spare time, you’ll find Hannah going out to shows or hula hooping in the park!

 

ina padua

ANTOLINA PADUA (INA) ( she, her, hers/they, them, theirs) is a rising senior at Rutgers University and a member of USAS Local#109. They are studying Communications with a specialization in Public Relations with a  minor in Critical Sexualities Studies. They joined USAS their sophomore year and is proud to say their university has severed ties with Nike and it’s poor labor practices as of last year. They also intend on working closely with faculty, staff, and the student body to collectively liberate. In their downtime, Antolina is exercising or eating or doing both, or fighting the garment industries standards from the inside out. They are the caucus co-chair for the Mixed Race Caucus and also a Collective Liberation on the Coordinating Committee. . They also identify as queer mixed radical Latinx, as well as a funkadelic rebel-rouser for the revolution!!!

 

BECKY FULLER-PHILLIPS is a senior at the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Informatics and minoring in Labor Studies and Music. She joined UW’s chapter of USAS her freshman year and has taken part in many campaigns in solidarity with garment workers, campus workers, and the broader community. She got involved during the fight for $15 in Seattle and at UW, and more recently organized pressure to ensure that the UW administration hold up crucial labor standards that protect garment workers by leveraging the university’s contract with Nike. Becky is excited to involve more people in the movement and see more concrete gains for workers in the coming years. As an Informatics major, she is excited to try to utilize technology in the labor movement following graduation.

 

KANISHA DICICCO

 

GINA FOLEY

 

National Organizers (contact info)

TROY NEVES was born and raised in Newtown, CT before attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he studied Cultural Anthropology and Sociology.  As a student at Northeastern, Troy joined the Progressive Student Alliance (USAS Local 115) in 2013 and participated in the ‘Badidas’ campaign that led to Northeastern successfully cutting ties with Adidas.  For the following two years, Troy was a Regional Organizer, building alongside students across the Greater Boston area and supporting adjunct faculty at Northeastern in their fight for a union and a fair contract.  In 2015, Troy interned with the California Nurses Association – National Nurses United in Oakland, CA, building student support for the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and organizing with the Campaign for a Healthy California.  Troy identifies as a queer, mixed race, and Arab American person.

 

ANGELES SOLIS graduated from Whitworth University in 2013 where she studied Sociology and Political Peace Studies. Angeles founded USAS Local 50 in 2013 where their local led actions in the “Badidas” campaign, which eventually forced Adidas to pay millions in severance wages to garment workers in Indonesia. After graduating, Angeles worked as a union organizer for SEIU 775 where she organized fast food and retail workers in the Fight for $15. Following several citywide strikes, Seattle City Council approved a citywide wage increase. Not long after the victory, Angeles joined the Foundation for Healthy Generations as the statewide organizer mobilizing Community Health Workers (CHWs) & Promotores De Salud in professional development, advocacy efforts and the formation of a statewide CHW Association. In her free time, Angeles organizes with immigrant justice and racial equity efforts , attempts to cook, travels, and dances salsa. She identifies as a first generation U.S. Latina.

 

Regional Organizers

aileen bazanAILEEN BAZAN is a native of Rio Grande City, Texas currently living in Austin, Texas. There she attends The University of Texas at Austin as a third year majoring in Government, Mexican American Latina/o Studies, and History. On campus, she helps organize to defend the rights of workers and immigrants by working with community organizations like Unite Here Local 23, Fight for 15, and Grassroots Leadership. She credits her mom and late grandmother for her passion towards defending others. Aileen identifies as a working class Chicana Tejana who enjoys staying up late watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and planning the spread of USAS throughout the Lone Star State.

 

TAIA MCAFEE was born and raised in Jackson, MS on August 29, 1998. She is a rising Sophomore at the University of Mississippi, majoring in Accountancy and minoring in Korean. Since middle school, the thing Taia was most passionate about was music, and no problem could conquer it. However, before she finished high school she was introduced harshly to the real world, and became a social justice advocate for many different things. She is now President of Students against Social Injustice and Secretary of her school’s NAACP chapter. Through these organizations as well as many other daily instances, she plans to make tangible change at the University and in Mississippi as a whole.
Silence is violence, and so I plan to be loud in action in every space that needs peace.”

 

KERRINA WILLIAMS is a Southern California native currently settled in Boston. There she attends Northeastern University as a third year History major with an interest in education. She credits her mom for her passion as an organizer. When not organizing she likes to watch reality television and hang out with her turtle Bruce.

 

 

 

Collective Liberation Caucus Co-Chairs

mack miller

MACK MILLER (he/him/his) is a senior at Rutgers University majoring in Journalism and Media studies and Political Science with a focus in political theory. He’s a proud member of USAS local 109, which is currently running a fight for $15. Mack hates being trapped in a wage labor based society and wishes more people would think its okay to admit that working sucks. He likes trying new food, talking about Marx, and going to the beach. Mack hopes to spend his life creating new and unique ways to spread propaganda about the evils of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism. He’s extremely excited to be co-chair for the Queer Caucus!

 

ADRIANA AGUIRRE HERNÁNDEZ  is an undocumented and unafraid immigrant. She is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Government and Mexican American Studies with a track in policy and a minor in Spanish. Adriana is involved in the garment worker solidarity campaign where she is working to pressure UT to cut the contract with Nike. This summer, Adriana completed the Dream Summer Fellowship at the Texas AFL-CIO where she worked with various worker and immigrant rights organizations to advance protections for workers, regardless of their immigrant status. She is passionate about organizing immigrants and womxn, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Cafe Tacvba. This year she is chair of the Womxns Caucus.

 

JESS DAMPIER is a third-year student at Northeastern University, studying Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Jess started organizing with USAS Local 115 during her freshman year, and has worked on campaigns to cut Northeastern’s ties with Nike and win a fair contract for dining hall workers. Outside of the labor movement, Jess also organizes for comprehensive and accessible mental health services on college campuses. She identifies as a radical queer Pisces who loves dogs, music, cooking, and science fiction. She looks forward to working toward collective liberation within organizing spaces and beyond.

 

JOKEBED (JOJO) MORINVIL is a senior at Rutgers University studying biology. She joined USAS about a year ago when she was just finishing a successful campaign to get Rutgers to cut ties with Nike. Now she is working on the Fight for 15. Her time as a USAS-er has been one of the most important experiences she has had since coming to Rutgers. Not only did she get the chance to meet wonderful people, she also learned valuable skills as an organizer. She learned the true definition of solidarity, as well as the importance of intersectionality when getting members of the community to appeal to our campaigns. This year she will be one of the co-chairs for the POC caucus. She is so excited to be part of such an amazing experience! Fun facts about her: she enjoys learning new things, meeting new people, and empowering future youth. In her free time, she loves reading and building new things. She hope to one day build (or at least help) schools and community centers for those in need. “Live to learn and you’ll learn to live”.

 

SONIA ADJROUD is a rising sophomore in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying Culture and Politics. She is from the sunny state of California and has been a member of her local, Georgetown Solidarity Committee since September. She was involved with the December 8-9 Nike Sit-In at Georgetown University and was involved with the worker tour stop event as well as many other events hosted by her local. Sonia is committed to engaging in difficult conversations about the complexities of privilege and oppression and the systematic frameworks that govern the world. She is also the Executive Producer of the More than Money Podcast on how to incorporate values in work and wealth, that is available on iTunes

 

AMULYA MUMMANENI is a sophomore at Rutgers University New Brunswick majoring in economics and minoring in computer science. She has been a USAS member since joining in the fall of 2016. She is most interested in economic justice, which makes Rutgers USAS’ current campaign, Fight For 15, so exciting to her! In the future, she hopes to use her knowledge of economics to change national policy to better serve those currently unable to maintain a decent standard of living.

 

 

TASHA HOLTMAN

 

AMINA LAFAYETTE

 

GINA FOLEY

 

ANTOLINA PADUA (see Antolina’s biography above)

 

Worker Rights Consortium Board Representatives

MEHLAM BHURIWALA is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally a high school debater, he quickly became disenchanted with the disingenuous use of radical social theory appropriated by students with no real action being done. He joined USAS his freshman year and was shocked to discover a group of people who brought their activism from Facebook to the streets, and since then has been committed to bringing the fight for workers’ rights to his campus. He has spent the last year learning about organizing and developing his skills to effectively win campaigns. He hopes one day to use these skills to improve the social and political climate in his family’s native land of Pakistan as well as the Arab world at large. In addition to irritating his university’s administration, Mehlam spends his time making and distributing memes, playing with other peoples’ kittens, and cooking (unsuccessfully). He is honored to serve as a WRC Board Representative and looks forward to parlaying his position to put the interests of students and workers above all else.

 

corina yballa

CORINA YBALLA is a member/co-chair of USAS Local 99 at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has spent nearly two years working towards WRC access to Nike factories in our Nike Campaign. She is devoted to USAS and to protecting workers rights and was co-chair of UW USAS from 2016-2017. Throughout her local membership, she has worked on the national campaign against Nike, supported Seattle union campaigns, and helped secure funding for UW USAS by collecting approximately 1,000 signatures. She has worked with other USAS locals and groups around the country and found that the most effective way to strengthen campaigns on all levels is to remind students of their own power and of the power we have in numbers. She encourages students and support them with the wide organizing skill set she has developed through USAS, emphasizing the importance of training and educating USASers.

 

ALAINA STORCH is a senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina studying Global Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights along with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology. Her interest in workers’ rights began with a deep love of the art of style. When she was 15 she started to become more aware of the impact of fast-fashion on the environment and those on the factory floor, and was no longer interested in pursuing work in an industry with such values. She reached out to USAS and joined the fight, starting the chapter at App State and leading a successful campaign to affiliate with the WRC. She now is working on the Nike campaign at ASU. In her time outside USAS, she practices yoga and meditation and can be found hiking, writing, or cooking and playing around with plants.

ANA JIMENEZ (see Ana’s biography above)

 

MAXWELL PEARCE