We are thrilled to announce that we are opening an office in Kingston, and even more importantly, that we are hiring an Ulster organizer to staff it!
Our membership has been growing in Kingston since we started working there at the beginning of the year. We led a series of leadership development trainings with the Worker Justice Center, we borrowed church space to start monthly membership meetings, we organized protests outside of John Faso’s office and their city hall, we started another battle for municipal IDs — and now — it’s time for us to put down roots.
Diana Martinez Lopez, our newest organizer, will be heading up our Kingston office. Diana has lived in Kingston for 22 years, ever since her family emigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico. She knows the city and her immigrant community; she’s been acting as the neighborhood interpreter since she was eight years old. Diana was politicized by her own experiences of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny as an undocumented girl and then DACA recipient growing up in the Hudson Valley. After she had children, she felt strongly that she had to take action to create a better world.
Diana got her formal start in organizing as a Community Health Promoter with Planned Parenthood, where she developed the fundamental skills of outreach and education. Stopping strangers to talk about their sexual health molded Diana into a bold organizer: unafraid to broach difficult topics and confident to take on new challenges. She attended our leadership development training series at the beginning of the year and left as a member of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.
Since then, Diana has played a central role in expanding our membership in Kingston, facilitating regular meetings, and planning our Families Belong Together march — the biggest Kingston has ever seen, according to its Mayor. Diana believes in the power of the people and is excited to grow the organization’s membership and the movement for immigration, racial, and gender justice.
We are eager to deepen our work in Kingston. There are thousands of immigrants across Kingston and Ulster County, there are thousands of people hungry for change, and we are determined to organize them and build the immigrant-led movement we need to win that change. We look forward to shaping a more just city and Hudson Valley with our organizational partners there: the Worker Justice Center, Rise Up Kingston, and Citizen Action.
If you’re in the area, you can celebrate the new office and meet Diana on Saturday, September 29th from 5pm – 7pm. And if you’re not, you can help us welcome her by sending Diana an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From all of us at Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson — thank you for making this possible!