Jackelyn Mariano

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Jackelyn Mariano

Jackelyn (Jackie) Mariano is a New York City activist. Student Attorney at Main Street Legal Services - CUNY School of Law, Greater New York City Area

Previously she worked at New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ), Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, National Union of Peoples' Lawyers.[1]

Student activism

Jackie Mariano entered CUNY BA in Fall 2009. She is a young Filipino-American woman born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens; she lives in the most diverse borough of New York City and goes to one of the most diverse colleges in the United States. Matters of race and identity are deeply important to her. She says “I am a woman. I am a person of color. I am a daughter of immigrants. I am an activist. I hope every day to fit into this world as an equal.”

Mariano is very involved in a grassroots women’s organization called Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), a member organization of GABRIELA-USA, the first overseas chapter of GABRIELA, the national alliance of progressive women’s organizations in the Philippines. She is also a dedicated advocate of Asian American Studies, and was president of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH). She says “I am always inspired by the power of student movements to defend the right to an affordable, accessible education, particularly for the availability of ethnic and gender studies.” In her spare time, Mariano is a poet and spoken word artist who infuses her work, often in a comedic style, with issues of oppression and identity.

Mariano is constructed her area of concentration with courses in Asian American Studies, Sociology, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies, courses such as Asian American Civil Rights and the Law, U.S. Immigration Policy, and Social Movements and Social Change. She is considering going to law school to focus on civil rights law and continue organizing the Filipino-American/Filipino-immigrant community locally and nationally.

Upon graduating, she wrote to update us on her activities:

“I spent a month from August to September in Long Beach, CA interning at the Filipino Migrant Center, a relatively new nonprofit organization that educates, organizes, and mobilizes the Filipino migrant worker community. I did research on Filipino domestic workers while attending the National Domestic Worker Alliance Congress in San Francisco; lobbied in Sacramento to pass the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, which has also passed in NY; received training on domestic violence prevention and case management; taught a workshop to youth on globalization and labor migration; and assisted in the day to day tasks of the FMC.

When I returned to NYC at the end of September, I immediately started a position at the Flushing YMCA Beacon 194, a YMCA community center based in JHS 194 in Whitestone, Queens. I am an after school Program Coordinator for middle school youth. I run several educational and civic engagement programs. They include the renowned Youth and Government, a mock NY State government program, Teens Take the City, a mock NYC government program, and Y-Scholars, a goal-oriented program that teach youth to plan for their future.

As for my community organizing volunteer work, I have recently been elected to serve at the Vice Chairperson of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FIRE) – GABRIELA USA. I’ve been very active in the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, highlighting the experience of immigrant workers in the 99% in an anti-labor trafficking campaign launched by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and BAYAN-USA.[2]

Student protester

March 2009, Jackelyn Mariano, a protester from Hunter College said, “CUNY is made up of working-class students and students of color who really can’t afford to go anywhere else. It was supposed to be free when it opened up, and tuition has been increasing ever since” [3].

"For a movement that unites us"

Activists organizing against cuts and tuition hikes at New York City's Hunter College issue an open letter calling for respect and freedom of expression. March 9, 2010

Hunter College students march to the citywide rally for the March 4 Day of Action (SW)Hunter College students march to the citywide rally for the March 4 Day of Action (SW)

With Love and Respect,


In 2011 Jackelyn Mariano was a contact for the National Lawyers Guild student chapter at CUNY Law School.

"From the Bronx to Mindanao"

From the Bronx to Mindanao: Development Aggression, the Environment, and People's Resistance Saturday, June 8, 2013, Pace University, RM E300.

This panel examines the ecological impact of neoliberalism in advanced industrialized and developing countries through the experiences in the Bronx in New York City and in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines, as well as the development of people's response and resistance in both countries.

Hosted by Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee


Moderator: Jackelyn Mariano, BAYAN-USA[5]

Left Forum 2013

Imperialism Today: What it is and why we must fight it Sponsored by: International League of Peoples Struggle Participants:

"Morales / Shakur Center" student suspensions event

On October 28, 2013, a City College administrator suspended Tafadar Sourov and Khalil Vasquez, two students who led demonstrations against the administration’s illegal raid and seizure of the Guillermo Morales / Assata Shakur Community Center. The Morales / Shakur Center is a space that has existed at City College for more than 20 years and was first won in 1989 through a mass student strike and occupations throughout CUNY.

In response to the attacks on our student leaders, students and community say: WE ARE NOT AFRAID. Repression will not end the campaign to save the Morales / Shakur Center or the broader struggle to liberate CUNY for the people. Hundreds on campus and in the community will follow their example. Any punitive measures against Taffy and Khalil will only be a lesson to the people that the CCNY administration dismisses the people’s concerns and that the people must escalate their mass actions.
Taffy and Khalil are fighting for the people, defending the last autonomous campus space that serves the community and defending the legacy of the people’s revolutionary heroes. THE PEOPLE MUST DEFEND TAFFY AND KHALIL. The people cannot stand aside and look as the City College administration attempts to isolate them and promote fake sellout student leaders who want to negotiate away the Center. The Center was won through struggle and will be reclaimed through struggle.

Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee organized a meeting in Edgewater, 160 Convent Avenue,New York, Friday 8 November 2013, to organize resistance. Those indicating their willingness to attend on the Whenever website included Jackelyn Mariano.[6]