Ellen Choy

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Ellen Choy

Ellen Choy grew up just south of Los Angeles as the daughter and granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. Since graduating from UC Berkeley in ’07, she has been working to uplift and support the leadership of low-income communities of color in the fight to address climate change and build grassroots community solutions. Out of college she began as a program associate and director of the Climate Literacy Training program with the Environmental Justice & Climate Change Initiative. She was a core organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West from 2009-2011. She worked at various youth-led and youth-centered programs in the Bay Area, as well as helped to build a national coalition of young people of color in the US called Youth for Climate Justice. Ellen recently worked as the Youth Program Coordinator for Mandela Marketplace, working with youth in West Oakland to increase access to healthy food in their community while working to build alternative economic models.

As a member of the MG collective, Ellen’s work centralizes in leading MG’s communications, facilitating workshops and trainings, and working on the national Our Power Campaign with a focus on local connections in Richmond, CA. Ellen is an active member of HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) – an anti-imperialist organization of young Koreans in diaspora in the Bay Area – as well as a community radio producer on APEX Express (KPFA) and a hiphop/soul/funk DJ.

She’s constantly reclaiming her connection to land, joining the ranks with the DJs of the movement, and staying fly in true West Coast style. [1]

PCN 2011 crew

Doyle Canning May 15, 2011:


PCN 2011 crew — with Joaquin Sanchez-Leal, Daniel Kim, Linda Stout, Ellen Choy, Hallie Boas, Chris Rabb, Karlos Gauna Schmieder, Rosi Reyes and Cara Lisa Berg Powers.

ILPS Nor Cal Open House

1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, Sunday 27 January 2013, 17:00 till Sunday 27 January 2013. Organized by Jack Stephens, ILPS Nor Cal Open House .

Please join the newly launched Northern California Chapter of the International League of Peoples' Struggles for our open house on Sunday January 27th in where we will be highlighting the world-wide peoples' struggle against U.S imperialism...

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Ellen Choy, Valerie Francisco, Elaine Villasper-Dizon, Jacqueline B. Husary, TJ Basa, Justine Santos, Emily Chen, Faye Denise, Megan Zapanta, Christopher Michael Dioquino DeKoven-Guevarra, Rupert Carangal Estanislao, Eugene Bengan Gambol, Carlo Montemayor, Ian Jerome Conde, Joseph Smooke, Jeremias David, Nicolas Hernandez, Joshua F. Castro, Jack Stephens, Julian Jaravata, Lyle Prijoles, JaseNjoanna Roger Ildefonzo, Joshua Jimenez, Rupert Carangal Estanislao.[2]


Chinyere Tutashinda of The BlackOUT Collective, and Ellen Choy of Asians4BlackLives Oakland, were interviewed in PowerPAC+'s Political Intelligence blog "How the Multiracial Majority is Making Black Lives Matter", February 09, 2015.[3]

"Migrant Rights in a Hostile Climate: From Border Wars to Ecological Justice"

Fruitvale Senior Center Wednesday 27 January 2016, "Migrant Rights in a Hostile Climate: From Border Wars to Ecological Justice" organized by Movement Generation.

Featuring speakers:

Hosted by Ellen Choy and Gopal Dayaneni from Movement Generation

Cosponsored by: Arab Resource and Organizing Center , Asian Pacific Environmental Network , Black Alliance for Just Immigration, CultureStrike, Mujeras Unidas y Activas.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Vivian Yi Huang, Ellen Choy, Carolina Prado, Paul Bubblehouse, Jessica Cook, Eli Isaacs, M. Solis Whelan, Megan Zapanta, Josh Cadji, Yosimar Reyes, Josh Healey, Mateo Nube, Lulu Palestina, Maria Alejandra Escalante, Espejo Ahumado, Erika Minkowsky, Layidua Salazar, Lara Kiswani, Nicolas Gonzalez Medina, Paul Bissember, Jacky Rivera, Alvina Wong, Zachariah Barghouti, Kelly Lou Densmore, Gerardo Omar Marin, Gerardo Omar Marin, Sharif Zakout, Micah Bazant, Terri Kay, Isaac Lev, Scott Parkin, Pulga Autonoma, Cayden Mak, Katina Castillo, Shiva Patel, Aimee Molina Cuellar, Luna Giulianna Reiley, Brooke Anderson.[4]

MG personnel

Movement Generation leaders as of December 2015.[5]

Movement Strategy Center

Ellen Choy was in 2015 an official Associate of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization connected Movement Strategy Center. [6]


Christine Cordero March 7, 2015 ·


Happy New Year! From the SF parade. Thanks for the wall, Saks 5th. ;) #BlackLivesMatter #LNYsolidarity #Asians4BlackLives — with Amy Vanderwarker, Feng Kung, Brianna Gibson, Alicia Garza, Megan Swoboda, Amanda Ream, Robbie Clark, Celestial Fa-son, Malkia Cyril, Terry Marshall, Larry Fellows III, Ellen Choy and Nene Igietseme.

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs


Brooke Anderson Photography: Stills of Our Stories & Struggles March 21,2016 ·

With Margo Okazawa-Rey, Phil Hutchings, Gwyn Kirk, Shirley Strong, Alex T. Tom, Lauren Liu, N’Tanya Lee, Nancy Vogl, Rob Yanagida, Linda Lee, Brenda Salgado, Alice Kuang, Shea Howell, Ellen Choy, Tawana Petty, Roberto E. Vargas, Kweli Tutashinda, Michelle Puckett, Nobuko Miyamoto, Le Tim Ly, Star Hawk, Grace Lee and Invincible Ill Weaver.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Ellen Choy.[7]



Mabel Tsang wrote :Tomorrow I will be heading to DC with a #ItTakesRoots to Grow Resistance Delegation convened by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance / Climate Justice Alliance / Indigenous Environmental Network / Right To The City Alliance because I believe we can create an alternative to Trump's Terror. He stands for racist violence; aggression against women; criminalizing queer, gender non-conforming and transfolks; and detention of and war against immigrants and refugees - in the name of our future and our values.

I believe the alternative exists today. I believe it already exists in my organizing work at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and I believe it exists in our dreams for our collective future. This moment scares me and this moment emboldens me. This moment shows me the need and the proof for powerful actions and bold experimentation. It calls on all of us to act.

With Jane Martin, Vivian Yi Huang, Rachel Lee Holstein, Laiseng Saechao, Malcolm Amado Uono, Hyejin Shim, Sydney Fang, Amee Raval, JingJing He, Alex Tom, Annelisa Luong, Chiravann Uch, Alvina Wong, Miya Yoshitani, Ed Scott, Shina Riane, Eric Mar, Russell Wynne, Nick Mitchell, Saa'un P. Bell, Mee Jung Tsang,, Jin-kyung Kim, Megan Zapanta, Orlie Kapitulnik, Aiko Pandorf, Mei-ying Williams, Nancy Kab Xyooj, Erika Lenhart, Jonathan Ronald Tran, Jen-Mei Wu, Emily Ja-ming Lee, Nadia Khastagir, Shaw San Liu, Stacy Kono, Steve Lew, Sophia Arredondo, Cynthia Fong, Tracey Corder, Salima Hamirani, Jennifer Lee, Lu Lin, Ellen Choy, Shannon Garth-Rhodes, Kasi Farrar, Joshua Fisher Lee, Feng Kung, N’Tanya Lee, Kenneth Tang, Geordee Mae, Maya Tanaka, Timmy Lu

Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now

As part of its War & Liberation series, Center for Political Education hosted a discussion with leading Korea peace activists and experts on the historical roots of this conflict. The panel discussed what peace and social justice movements are doing and must do locally, nationally and internationally to avert war.

Co-sponsored by Women Cross DMZ, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK) and Catalyst Project.

November 10, 2017, First Congregational Church of Oakland.

Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now