Member Directory

Suzan Al-Shammari is a graduate of Wilson High. She is originally from Iraq. She immigrated to the U.S in 2010. She speaks fluent Arabic and English. She believes that everyone has the right to speak their mind without being judged. She is a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald and hopes to one day reach her dream of becoming a Publicist.

Diana is proud to call Mexico City the place she was born and raised in. At five she reunited with her mother and moved to Torrance where she has lived for the past 22 years with her two younger sisters, mother, and stepfather. Right before turning 21 she started to discover the wonders and challenges of Long Beach as a transfer student to CSULB and fell in love with all of it. It was there where she first started to come to terms with her undocumented identity in a community of students and supporters. This not only helped her understand herself better but also the world around her and the multiple injustices that go on. As Audre Lorde, one of her favorite feminist writers, once said, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” This is a mantra she lives by. She graduated with a double major in Sociology and [email protected]/[email protected] Studies and continues doing advocacy work in Long Beach.

Joshua Jimenez is a 21 year old Filipino-American, born and raised on the Eastside of Long Beach. Growing up on the Eastside was rough, especially for Joshua. Growing up in gangs, drugs, and seeing struggle with his close friends and family. It wasn't until he started getting involved with the Filipino community that he was getting in touch with his culture. He now educates and organize the Filipino youth and his peers about their culture and the issues we all face in our community. Joshua wants to use his passion of film-making and making documentary films about the stories of working class people in his community, especially giving voice to the working class Filipinos in the city of Long Beach.

Jesus Almaraz is a 21 year old Mexican-American. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and brought to the US at age four. He has lived in Long Beach since then. Being an undocumented youth, Jesus has had lots of struggles growing up. He began to volunteer for the community and got involved with Californians For Justice. Jesus wants to use his talent in film-making and photography to help the voices of the youth in the community get louder.

Nayobi L. Maldonado-Ochoa is a multimedia content creator based in Southern California. Her work has been featured in many outlets such as KPFK 90.7 FM, YouthWire, and The Panther. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from Chapman University in 2016. She is passionate about sharing her words and stories to others and her overall career goal is to become a talk show host on FM or satellite radio.

Summer Culbreth is a graduate from Millikan High School and now attends Cerritos college. She loves writing and photography and plans to find a career in public relations. VoiceWaves is helping her jumpstart my career by giving her the experience she needs to better as a journalist.

Chelcee Bunkley is 22 year old college freshman attending Long Beach City College and a Southern California native, living in Long Beach since 2009. Chelcee is passionate about film-making, writing, and photography and looks forward to the challenges and victories that come with being an independent filmmaker, freelance photographer and writer. She is an active volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach. She hopes to tell stories that will help people in some form, whether it be with knowledge of resources, emotionally, or any other way possible.

Deonna N. Anderson is an alumnus of UC Davis, where she received her bachelors in communication, with minors in professional writing and sociology. She is a freelance writer, creator, and self-proclaimed foodie. As she continues her writing career, she plans to cover culture, education, and race. Another one of her goals is to see fifty countries by the time she’s 50. So far, she’s seen four—Canada, Spain, France and Japan. Since her first time stepping foot on other soil, she’s been committed to seeing as much of the world as humanly possible. When she’s not working, blogging, or plotting travel, Deonna likes trying out new recipes, going hiking, or reading a good book.

Justine is a journalist with a passion for social justice: her experience as an immigrant woman of color have led her to pursue issues in women’s empowerment, and be guided by the principal “think globally, act locally.” She graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with degrees in International Studies and Literary Journalism. While in college she was involved with the Filipino student organization, Kababayan, and was part of the student movement for affordable education. After college she joined Public Allies LA, an Americorps program that provides individuals with personal and professional development to lead in the nonprofit sector. While at Public Allies Justine interned with Khmer Girls in Action, where she now works full-time as a media & program coordinator.