- Layel & Deseree
Earlier this year we began a strategic planning process to help us prepare for the next phase of our ecological justice work. We recently completed that process and are now moving on to the implementation phase to better understand the period of transition we’re in, harvest lessons from our work with our partners, and co-evolve movement strategies for Eco-Justice. With that said, we have some exciting news to share. MG is welcoming 2 new staff members to join us!
As of August, Layel Camargo and Deseree Fontenot have joined the MG staff in positions that put them on track to be full collective members by spring of 2019. Both are alumni of our Justice and Ecology Strategy Retreat and friends we’ve worked with in a variety of ways over the years. We’re looking forward to deepening our relationships with each of them and growing together as a collective. With the addition of our new teammates we will be creating more workshops, videos, webinars, retreats, and trainings among other things.
Please join us in welcoming Layel and Deseree to the Movement Generation staff. We are so proud to be building political home and advancing Eco-Justice with such visionary leaders. Check out their bios below.
Layel Camargo | MG Retreat Alum 2017
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Layel is an indigenous descendant of the Yaqui and Mayo tribes of the Sonoran Desert and is an advocate for the better health of the planet and its people. Layel is a transgender and gender non-conforming person. They graduated from UC Santa Cruz with dual degrees in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies. Layel is an organizer with the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective and is also the founder of ‘Woke n Wasteless’ an online platform on waste reduction and people of color issues. Layel is also passionate about video production, acting and modeling; they’ve modeled for local designers like Stuzo clothing and Medium Reality. Layel is a fulltime caretaker for their mom and lives with their partner and dog. Through their work with CultureStrike, an arts and culture organization, they’ve been an advocate for cultural shifts that align with the Just Transition Framework. Layel is excited to bring their passion of the arts, culture and community building to MG, to continue spreading the gospel of the regenerative economy and how we can embody those values today!
Deseree Fontenot | MG Retreat Alum 2016
(Gender pronouns: She/Her or They/them)
Deseree grew up between Southwest Louisiana and the Los Angeles area where she began her movement building journey as a student organizer working on queer and trans liberation struggles in 2008. After almost a decade of working within the LGBTQ movement, Deseree shifted her focus towards land-based work as a scholar, activist and farmer. In 2015 she became a co-organizer of the People of Color Sustainable Housing Network and in 2016 she co-founded the Queer Eco-Justice Project, organizing at the intersection of ecological justice and queer liberation. Deseree holds an interdisciplinary MA in Social Transformation focused on African-diasporic spiritual traditions, queer ecology and land-based movements. Deseree is also an alumna of the ecological farming apprenticeship at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She enjoys growing food and medicine, eating spicy foods, and nerding out over cats, movies and books. Deseree is excited to be a part of the next chapter of weaving together the mycelium of movements for liberation with MG.