Carmela (she/they); Action Committee, Communications Work Group, Portal to Liberation Sub-Committee
Carmela Prudencio is a curator/artist, organizer, and communications professional who values collaboration and the DIY ethos. As a first generation Filipinx American, she is passionate about sharing local and global Asian and Asian American stories through her curatorial work and art practice. Carmela is a weaver of people, places, and ideas. As a high energy creative and fierce advocate for her community, she is ambitious in connecting with communities through people-forward communications strategies and creating platforms that span past the virtual space. She is passionate about storytelling and amplifying historically resilient voices through her inventive thinking and boundless enthusiasm. She approaches challenges with an open heart and open mind. She has worked with a range of nonprofits and grassroots organizations from Balboa Park to the Border. Through crafting meaningful messages, she is dedicated to empowering communities and creating enduring social change. Carmela is an active member and is part of the Action Committee as well as the Communications Work Group. Image Description: Profile photo of fair-skinned Filipino person with black hair against an off-white background.
Kat (she/her); Action Committee
I am a biracial femme Filipinx-American multidisciplinary artist with a practice grounded in image making and metalsmithing. In my work I explore ideas of comfort drawing from personal narrative, often referencing my experience as a third culture American and navigating the complexities of my biracial Asian American identity. While I enjoy the challenge of transforming material into recognizable or representational forms, my making is primarily done with the possibilities in mind of what conversations, thoughts, or storytelling can come from someone encountering my work. Kat is an active member and is involved in the Action Committee. She also has coordinated ASC's Open Mic and several of our internal membership gatherings such as our Sunday at the Park. image description: Biracial Filipinx American femme wearing a black sweater with silver buttons.
Mae (she/hers); Political Education & Fundraising Committees, Website Workgroup
Mae is a first-generation Filipinx immigrant, organizer and activist who grew up in Southeast San Diego. She has an extensive background in communications and marketing. When she’s not advocating for an equity-based approach to fighting homelessness during the day, she is dedicated to community building and empowerment through civic engagement and organizing. She believes in art as a form of rebellion. When she's laying low, she's taking care of her legion of indoor plants and probably listening to music or another audio book. Mae is a member of ASC's Political Education and Fundraising Committees, as well as a member of the Website Workgroup. Image description: A headshot of Mae smiling and facing the camera, wearing a charcoal gray sweater against a white wall.
Maya (she/hers); Action Committee
Maya Grace Misra is an artist, vexillologist, and activist currently living on unceded Kumeyaay territory. Born and raised in the California Bay Area with many formative years in New York City, her approach to organizing work is deeply tied to her experiences as a white-passing South Asian American woman long accustomed to existing within and amongst multiple contradictory realities. Maya’s artistic research and underlying practice center around the role of cultural production— namely visual symbols, iconography, and food media— in maintaining present-day systems of ritual blood sacrifice and violence. As both an artist and an organizer, Maya thus places emphasis on interrogating and interrupting harmful systems, while encouraging self-determination and empowerment for those most vulnerable. She earned her MFA degree in Visual Arts at UC San Diego in 2020, and is an active member of both SURJ San Diego and Asian Solidarity Collective. Maya is an active member and is on both ASC's Action and Safety committees. Image Description: Still photo of Maya from video project "America's Harvest Box"
Mike (he/him); Action Committee
Mike grew up in a military household and lived in Okinawa, Japan before moving to San Diego. Mike continues to learn and uncover the conflicting histories of military occupation and its consequences on the Okinawan people, including his mother's family. Mike's organizing work is inspired by the belief that equitable access to resources that improve the collective station of all people's lives should be the standard that a democracy strives to achieve. Mike is on ASC's Action Committee and Safety Committee. Image Description: image of Asian Solidarity Collective member Mike McDonald
Nicole (she/hers); Action and Grants Committees, Content Writer
Nicole Oga is a radical thinking dance artist and community organizer who approaches her work through an intersectionality lens. She is a constant student who believes life is a continuous journey of learning, growing, and evolving. In both her dance and organizer work, Nicole regularly questions and evaluates her practices and methodologies to ensure she is inclusive and in true solidarity with her community - listening to, collaborating with, and centering those who are at the margins. Nicole cultivates genuine empathy, compassion, and kindness through embodying revolutionary love, which will transform the world into an equitable society where all are truly liberated. Nicole is in ASC's Content Writers working group and also serves on both the Action Committee and the Grants Committee. Image Description: woman with brown eyes, black hair wearing glasses, smiling with her arms crossed
Pebblz was born and raised on the traditional land of the Kumeyaay people. She is a B-girl, artist, and young organizer. Pebblz believes in continuously expanding her critical mindset and growing through life experiences. Her mission is to build solidarity with people of all generations and elevate community through art and action towards collective liberation. Pebblz has been an ASC member since 2019 but currently serves as ASC's first youth intern as part of the Power Up internship program made possible by Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs. Pebblz is also in both the Action and Youth committees.
Phuong (she/her); Political Education Committee and Newsletter
Phuong T. Vuong is a writer and PhD student in Literature at UCSD. Her research revolves around women of color feminism and Asian American texts. She grew up in a working-class, immigrant family in Oakland and currently lives in San Diego. Phuong is on ASC's Political Ed committee and is in ASC's Newsletter work group. Image description: Phuong has clear eye glasses and wears a black sleeveless top, her wavy hair is draped over it, and behind her there is a plant growing from a hanging blue pot.
Sam (she/hers); Political Education Committee
Sam is in ASC's Political Education committee. Image Description: Sam in the background in a valley covered in trees and rocks
Stacey (she/hers); Newsletter & Design, Political Education Committee
Stacey is an independent designer and illustrator, specializing in illustration, print design and branding. She devotes her practice to creating joyful experiences that improve how we relate to and treat each other. She also writes and publishes a quarterly zine called Radical History Club, an illustrated history zine that unsettles dominant US narratives through the lens of the oppressed. Stacey's in ASC's Newsletter and Design working group; and is also part of ASC's Political Education Committee. Image Description: Photo of Stacey against a light blue background. Stacey presents as a fair-skinned Filipina-Chinese person with long yellow hair, and a Darth Vader and Storm Trooper tattoo on her right arm.