Everyday, grassroots organizations organize, educate and empower themselves and their communities to force neighborhood change and sway municipalities to do the things they have failed to previously act on. This panel will look at the impact of social movements, grassroots organizations, and community organizers who have fulfilled the needs caused by systemic issues. From Sanctuary Cities, to Mass Liberation, reproductive health, and sustainability; these activists/organizers have empowered armies that have turned cities upside-down overnight.
Andres Portela was born and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ and is a graduate from the University of Arizona. He currently serves as the Community, Outreach and Media Coordinator for Southwest Fair Housing Council. His work includes advocating for those highlighted in the fair housing act but more specifically criminal histories, refugees, and disabilities. He is also a marketing, communication and branding consultant focused on providing nonprofits, small business, and education systems with support that will increase diversity and incorporation on every level. He serves on many advisory panels in Southern Arizona focused on tipping the balance of equity. His titles include Marketing Director, Community Organizer, and his most important title is husband.