Michael Velarde is a Chicano organizer, writer, and strategist from El Paso, TX. Before WE ACT, Michael served as a community and labor organizer in dozens of housing, healthcare, criminal justice reform, and immigrant rights campaigns for over a decade. Alongside organizing, he has held roles leading fundraising, policy, and communications at a number of social justice organizations in New York City. Inspired by grassroots struggles in the Global South, his work is shaped by experiences building with representatives of the Landless Workers Movement (M.S.T.) of Brazil, South Africa’s Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers Movement), and the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. Michael graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College.