Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) selected 16 young adults as the 2022-2023 Advocacy Corps organizers. They will be advocating for the establishment of a truth and healing commission on Native American boarding schools.
The new organizers, who were trained in late August, represent 12 states. The organizers are: Jamie Canty, Aiyana Coard, China Copperstone, Julie Flores-Castillo, Dillon Grubb, Helina Kassa, Shyamaa Khan, Meril Mousoom, Kiran Nwakanma, Rachel Overstreet, Destini Amaris Perkins, Karime Rodriguez Ramirez, Anne Rants, Jessica Russell, Taylor Treviño, and Ky’Asia Washington Blanchard. As they advocate in their communities, the young organizers will be supported by FCNL staff and lobbyists.
Since the program started five years ago, more than 100 young adults have been trained as local organizers. They have advocated for such issues as environmental justice, ending police brutality, and immigration. The Advocacy Corps is a ten-month-long FCNL program where young adults between the ages of 19 and 30 get paid to organize their local community around federal legislation. The young organizers connect local activists and leaders with their local members of Congress to affect big, long-term change.
Learn more: Friends Committee on National Legislation