Afifa Khaliq is Director of Programs at SEIU Florida Public Services Union. She has been a part of a creative core team that is setting new trends and redefining labor, politics, economy, and social justice. Afifa is an unapologetic and proud Muslim. She is a founding member and secretary of the South Florida Muslim Federation. She is also the Chair of Emgage Florida, a Muslim civic engagement organization. Afifa is married, blessed with a son, and lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Miguel Bernal Brito
Jonathan (he/him) currently serves as a co-director for Central Florida Jobs With Justice. He has been involved in social justice organizing work for the last 10 years. First, as a student and organizer with the Student Labor Action Project chapter at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and with the United States Student Association. He joined the Jobs With Justice network in 2014 as the membership organizer, working alongside FLIC staff and their various member groups throughout the state. Jonathan is a first-generation citizen, born to two parents that immigrated to the United States from The Bahamas via Uganda. He is also a big-time football fan, with his favorite team being Manchester City.
Ana Valentina Guevara
Christian Gonzalez-Orbegoso (he/they) is the proud North FL Organizer of New Florida Majority. The son of immigrants from South America, who made Miami their home in the 1990s, Christian has been fighting for equity and justice throughout the state of FL through movement-building within communities of color, the state legislature, and the school system for the past 5 years.
Christian served as the esteemed Duval Win Justice Organizer, part of the statewide campaign to expand democracy and access to voting for low-propensity Black and LatinX Voters, which successfully passed Amendment 4 and turned DUVAL Blue in 2018 (after 2 decades of Conservative turnout). Prior to 2018, they dedicated two years of public service as an AmeriCorps Member/Lead with City Year, an international education non-profit fighting to close the achievement and graduation gap in underserved communities, mainly Title-1 funded Black and Latinx schools. While serving, they were a trainer for the New Politics Leadership Foundation, a non-profit centered on training and electing community members and servant leaders to run for public office.
Previously, the proud FL Gator lived and worked in Tallahassee, FL with the Office of FL State Representative David Richardson, the first out LGBTQ+ state-wide elected official. Christian envisions the building of an intersectional transformative movement in North FL, to secure our liberation in 2020 and for our future.
Trenise Bryant is a Miami Northwestern Senior High graduate who grew up in Liberty City, in one of the oldest public housing projects called the Porkin Bean Project. Trenise currently works at Sweetwater Elem as a Food & Nutrition Manager of MDCPS. She started volunteering at the Miami Workers Center in 2009 when she saw the need to give back to the community when it came to Affordable Housing even on a National level. She advocates for housing nationally with her role as the chair of the board of a national housing organization Right To The City that Miami Workers Center is one of the founding organizations.
Ms. Bryant is also one of the founders of the Homes for All-Southern Coalition and the Femme Agenda, a 10-year project of the Miami Workers Center the Femme Agenda, aiming to find a solution to the feminization of poverty in the black and brown community’s. Through her passion for affordable housing the Miami Workers Center has partnered with Smash to create the first community land trust in Liberty City through its partnership it would provide a sustainable and also preserves land that the community controls. Trenise is also a chapter Coordinator for the Miami Crime Survivor Safety Justice where she provides healing support circles where communities impacted by crime to support Survivors and Advocate for smarter Justice priorities. And also part of the Dignity Coalition Steering member which advocacy for incarcerated women to get feminine hygiene products in jail.
In her free time, she enjoys trying cuisines from many parts of the world, watching foreign independent films, and learning about the cultural traditions from Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, China, and India.