Katherine Hoyt was National Co-Coordinator of Alliance for Global Justice and its Nicaragua Network program. She lived eighteen years in Latin America – two years in Chile and sixteen in Nicaragua. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and has authored numerous academic and activist publications including The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy from Ohio University Press. She has taught at Wayne State University, Rutgers University and Whitman College. In the mid-eighties she served as the Michigan coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance as director of the Michigan Interfaith Committee on Central American Human Rights (MICAH) in Detroit.
At Alliance for Global Justice, she has worked on campaigns to support Nicaragua’s garment workers and on campaigns against IMF mandated privatization and user fees. In the 2000s, she actively represented the Nicaragua Network in the Stop CAFTA Coalition.
Kathy recently retired and is now serving the organization as a member of AFGJ’s Advisory Board.
James Patrick Jordan has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1983, where he has a long history of grassroots organizing. His main duties at AfGJ are the facilitation of AfGJ’s labor, ecological, and Colombia solidarity campaigns. He serves on the Board of the Liberty Tree Foundation and represents AfGJ in the Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (Peoples Human Rights Observatory) and the Coalition against US Foreign Military Bases.
Chuck Kaufman is National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has been a leader of the Central and Latin America solidarity movements since joining the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987. He gave up his successful advertising business out of disgust at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal. He went on his first coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua that same year. Chuck has been in the front ranks of the movements to support the right of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination. He has led delegations to Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras.
Chuck has written and spoken often about US democracy manipulation programs through the National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development as well as what he calls the need to look to the Abolition Movement as our inspiration to change the culture of US militarism. He is a board member of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition and a leader of the LASC’s effort to build a stronger movement to oppose US militarism and the militarization of relations with Latin America. He was a founder of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition and has spoken at most of the major Washington, DC anti-war demonstrations. He is a board member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and a founder of the Venezuela Solidarity Network. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University. His first political activism was as a high school student in 1969 when he organized student walk-out in four county high schools in his native Indiana.
Elane Spivak Rodriguez is the Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice. She also leads AfGJ human rights solidarity delegation to Nicaragua and Honduras and is an active with the Honduras Solidarity Network. Coordinating with our 90+ fiscally sponsored projects, Elane works to bring the work of our fiscally sponsored projects together to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement.
Blanca Bay Dominguez is a native Tucsonian and a long time Yaqui activist. Blanca was born into activist work; Blanca’s mother was one of the first Tucson Promotoros, human rights promoters. She has worked with a number of local organizations, including El Concillio Manzo and Derechos Humanos.
Blanca serves as AFGJ’s invaluable book keeper and office manager. She is the mother of 2 and grandmother to 4.
Leilani Clark coordinates the Prison Imperialism Project. She is a native-born Tucsonan, community organizer, artist and activist who has been involved in the Immigrant Rights Movement and fight to preserve cultural education in public AZ schools before, during and after the 2010 signing of anti-Migrant bill, SB 1070, and anti-Ethnic Studies bill, HB 2281. Leilani broadened her political analysis on global imperialism, forced migration and border militarization while working as a youth intern with Tucson’s Coalición de Derechos Humanos. In 2010, she began harnessing skills on the use of direct action to further challenge power and in 2011 co-founded, along with other alumni of TUSD’s Ethnic Studies program, the student-led direct action group, U.N.I.D.O.S.- United Non-Discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies. She left Tucson for many years after surviving gendered violence in a local movement space and her travels took her to live in south Mexico and Belize, among other places in the US, and eventually led her to Las Vegas, NV. Leilani worked as a Strategic Researcher for the Organizing Department of the Painters Union, became involved with regional Indigenous struggles against neo-colonial resource extraction, and dabbled in the art of slam poetry in the Las Vegas open mic scene. She recently returned to her hometown and is using art to confront silence around internal violence in radical spaces and to convey messages of social justice and cultural pride.