Michael is the Lead Organizer of VOICE-Buffalo. In addition to his full time work as an organizer he is attending Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY and pursuing an masters degree in Religious Philosophy and Political Philosophy. He grew up in San Diego, California. Currently, Michael is living in Buffalo, New York. Michael moved to Buffalo, NY in January of 2012, where he became the Joint Regional Organizer for VOICE-Buffalo and the Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH), which today is also known as Gamaliel of Western New York. In 2013 he was promoted to Lead Organizer of VOICE-Buffalo. He attends several congregations in Buffalo which include: Our Lady of Hope RC, St. Joseph’s University Parish, and Pilgrim St. Luke's UCC.
Pat is a life-long resident of Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to his J.D. Law and Master’s in Criminal Justice, Pat is working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Kent State University. He was an attorney for 30 years, including Youngstown Municipal Court Judge in criminal justice for 10 years. Pat is a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and is Executive Director with two new non-profits. One is called the Oak Hill Collaborative and the other is called Home for Good, which was started by Gamaliel affiliate, ACTION of Ohio.
Rita grew up in Pilsen, a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois and she has lived there for most of her life. She is the Vice President of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Counsel (PNCC), which is an affiliate of Gamaliel and she has been working there for about ten years. In 2010, Rita had participated in the Civil Disobedience for Immigration Reform. She has also been apart of the St. Paul Catholic Church for over twenty years where she had originally started working as an advocate for those who are undocumented.
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