Pamela Gomez

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Pamela Gomez is Florida activist.

Background/Activism

Pamela Gomez was born in the Dominican Republic. Her family immigrated to the Virgin Islands in the early 1990s in search of better educational and economic opportunities. They relocated to Tampa in 2005, where she completed her undergraduate education in Sociology and is pursuing graduate studies in Latin America and Caribbean Studies at the University of South Florida (USF); focusing on race, gender, migration, and education issues.

As an Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Taina, she works to build on the connection between her indigenous and African Disaporic roots and combat oppression, racism, and exclusion in her transnational community. In 2010, she joined the Florida Immigrant Youth Network and Students Working for Equal Right. Pamela has coordinated civic engagement efforts, with Democracia USA (2010) and Mi Familia Vota (2012), achieving voter participation goals of over 12,000 registered voters and hundreds of engaged community members. She has also worked on parent engagement and empowerment initiatives with the Florida Institute for Community Studies (2013) and Hispanic Services Council (2014). Currently, she is part of the membership and leadership of the Dominican Association of Tampa, Black Lives Matter Tampa, and LULAC Florida.[1]

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Pamela Gomez - Central Florida Community Organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Tampa DSA Facebook group

Tampa Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group member September 17 2017 included Pamela Gomez.[2]

Blake High School Young Democratic Socialists of America connection

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Left to right: Graham Shelor speaks at a Young Democratic Socialists of America meeting; Lillie Shelor, Andy Villegas and Chadrick Fleno attend.

In a Blake High School, Tampa classroom with handmade posters covering one wall, approximately 15 high school students are chanting the words of black revolutionary Assata Shakur: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and we must support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” With some embarrassed giggling, they recite it once, twice, three times, led by their visiting speaker, Pamela Gomez of the Hillsborough Community Protection Coalition, an alliance of local progressive groups.

The chapter is the brainchild of Graham Shelor, 17. Slim and sandy-haired, a contemporary dancer as well as an organizer, Shelor grew up in a “fairly liberal” household but became disillusioned with the Democratic Party during the 2016 elections. “They lied to me and the people of America that they were going to make it work,” he says. “It led to a domino effect of me seeing the flaws in the current American system.”

For co-chair Kayla Ginty, 16, YDSA is more than a conduit to political action: It’s led her to question inherited political beliefs and define her adult political identity.[3]

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  3. [http://inthesetimes.com/article/20901/YDSA-teen-Socialism-Millennials-high-school ITT FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Behind the Explosion in Socialism Among American Teens BY REBECCA STONER]

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