We have people all across Alaska (and out of state) Let us know if you want to get in contact with anyone!
Tasha, Juneau (she/they): Tasha focuses on issues of racial inequality, gender equity, women’s rights, youth engagement, arctic issues, and climate change. She also has tons of experience with political advocacy, social entrepreneurship, writing, and community organizing. Tasha would like to learn more about issues impacting other regions and what organizers in those areas are up to!
Olivia, Fairbanks/Anchorage (she/her): Olivia is first from Fairbanks, but now lives in Anchorage. While Olivia can’t roll her r’s, wink, or whistle she does have years of experience in electoral campaign work, brief stint in the legislature, non-profit and fundraising work. Her work focuses on voting rights, accessibility, corrections and criminal justice, labor and LGBTQ rights, and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault prevention. Olivia is hoping to gain experience in non-electoral organizing and different form of communication.
Tristan, Fairbanks (he/they): Tristan focuses on climate justice, economic transition, Indigenous rights, and progressive coalition-building like the Fireweed Collective! His strengths lie in community organizing, social movement strategy, policy, and political economy. They are interested in learning how to produce more media such as podcasts or film.
Lynette, Dutch Harbor/Anchorage (she/her): Lynette splits her time between Dutch Harbor and Anchorage. She focuses on Indigenous issues, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls, Climate Change, Just Transition, Medicaid, and Black Lives Matter. She has experience canvassing, campaigning, phone banking, volunteering, public speaking, speech writing, story telling, and with rural outreach.
Leila Kodiak/Fairbanks (she/her): Leila focuses on arctic issues of climate and salmon. She also focuses on youth education and the arts. Art and education are also her favorite activist tools. She’d like to learn Alaska’s real history, food justice, storytelling, and political systems.
Jeremy, Palmer (he/him): Jeremy has spent time in Juneau, Bristol Bay, and soon Fairbanks. He has experience in community organizing, organizational structure, sustainability and economic justice. Jeremy is hoping to learn more about local Alaskan history.
Julia, Palmer (they/them): Julia focuses on environmental, reproductive, and LGBTQ+ issues. They have experience with both governmental and nonprofit work, community organizing and outreach, policy work, storytelling and canvassing. They would like to learn more about city level politics and electoral campaigning.
Kengo, Anchorage (he/him): Kengo focuses on environmental justice and youth outreach. Hes good at bringing people together to create action. Kengo is looking forward to connecting and collaborating with new people and learning about the civil rights history in Alaska.
Su, Anchorage (she/her): Su’s work focuses on environmental justice, community building, and civic engagement. She’s been working at Alaska Community Action on Toxics as Civic Engagement coordinator since the winter of 2017 and she wears several other hats including NAPAWF, Sierra club, and AK Rising tide. There are many things she’d like to learn and get better at but a priority would be to embrace mistakes and discomfort. She enjoys art, hikes, and good food among other things.
Jasmine, Eagle River (she/her): Jasmine focuses on youth voter engagement and democracy. In addition to Fireweed Collective, she is involved with Anchorage Youth Vote, League of Women Voters, and Alaska Women for Political Action. She wants to develop her leadership skills and is also learning sign language.
Alexander, Fairbanks (any pronouns: Alexander found feminism and intersectionality while trying to figure out how they fit into their passions for environmental action, psychology, and anthropology at UAF, and has since found vital sustenance and inspiration in mixing them all together. They want to get better at personally and collectively understanding how to co-create life peaceably as humans, alongside our non-human relatives, and meanwhile loves accountability, life (with ALS), being sassy, and sharing music and food.
Esau, Shishmaref (he/him): I primarily work on climate justice, rights of Indigenous People’s, protection of our marine life/oceans, and ally to many different campaigns across the state of Alaska. I am a community organizer/Professional Volunteer. I would love to learn more about just transition and learn how to be a better ally to all issues/campaigns. I have 36 siblings!
Griffin, Seward (he/him): Griffin focuses on state political reform, climate justice, and youth engagement. As a graduate of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, he continues to be involved in the development of statewide youth advocacy and environmental education programs. While he spends most summers in Seward as a naturalist and climate educator, he hopes to learn more about movements and policies to promote economic justice and healthy communities in Alaska.
Carly, Anchorage/Sitka (she/her) Carly grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, and is in love with her home state. She thrives on salmon, sea asparagus, and black cod tips. She is sustained by snorkelling in icy Alaskan waters and foraging for fall blueberries in the tundra. For the past two summers, she’s worked for the Sitka Conservation Society in the magical Tongass National Forest. She’s also worked on campaigns such as Stand for Salmon, Pebble Mine, and keeping the Roadless Rule in place in Southeast Alaska. She is a proud alumna of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. Carly’s connection to place drives her passion and her work at school; she attends Pitzer College in Los Angeles.
Kasey, Fairbanks (she/her) I’m passionate about access to health care including abortion, especially for people in communities where health care is limited by geography on top of all the other existing barriers. I’m also really passionate about the intersections of climate change, community resilience, energy, decolonization, Traditional Knowledge, science, and all that is unique to the Arctic. I have some experience in community organizing, but would like to get better at it. A fun fact about me is that I am creating an Interdisciplinary degree at UAF, which I’m calling a B.S. in Climate Resilience & Adaptation.
Claire, Juneau (she/her) 1. I focus on Indigenous language revitalization and education. 2. I have my degree in Alaska Native Languages and Studies from UAS, I am a Lingít language learner, and I have worked for Outer Coast College, a local alternative education initiative, for two years. I can interpretive dance to any song. 3. I would like to become fluent in Lingít, the language of the place that I live, as well as Irish Gaelic and Saami, the languages of the places I am from.
Kk’odohdaatlno (Christina), Anchorage (she/her): Kk’odohdaatlno is my Denaakk’e name. My English name is Christina Edwin. I am from Anchorage and Maneelghaadze T’oh, also know as the Village of Koyukuk. I am Den’a and Mexican. I am a community organizer at Native Movement. I am a first generation college graduate, UAF alumni. Since I was a little girl I have been standing up against injustices in the community around race, class, and gender. I work to uplift Indigenous People’s, spaces, and places. Our power is in our world view that all things are connected. As a young person, I feel agency to do better and lead a life that will have a good impact on my community and future generations. I want to be a organizer, trainer, mentor, and ally for Alaskans, especially people around my age in communities across Alaska and beyond. I am multi-lingual, and I am very passionate about cultural and traditional knowledge and practices, and food!
Deenaalee, Providence (she/her) Ade’! My name is Deenaalee Hodgdon and I am Deg Xit’an Athabaskan and Sugpiaq from the villages of Anvik and South Naknek. I focus primarily on climate resilience, Arctic sustainability, fisheries management and increasing access and visibility of Indigenous people in the outdoor recreation world. Last spring I spent time in Washington, D.C. intering at the Polar Institute where I worked on Arctic security issues and pushing for more Indigenous seats at the table. I will be completing my Bachelor of Arts degrees in anthropology and public policy this fall at Brown University. I look forward to growing and learning from Fireweed Collective as we pursue alternative ways relating, collaborating, and building momentum with each other through compassion and radical resistance.
Ruth, Anchorage (she/her) Yagheli da, Ruth Miller sh’izhi. Dena’inaq ełnen’aq’ gheshtnu ch’q’u yeshdu. Dena’ina qenaga sheł ghun qenash. Anchorage shugu yesduda, Ekuk ethnen shugu shqayeh qilanda. Curyung ełnena shit’eh. My name is Ruth Miller and I am a Dena’ina Athabaskan woman living in Anchorage, Alaska. My family is from Ekuk village near Lake Clark, with roots in Bristol Bay, and I also claim my Russian Jewish heritage. I recently graduated from Brown University with a BA in Development Studies and a focus on Indigenous resistance and liberation. But I am so happy to be home and back on my land with my family and chosen family. In the past I’ve worked with United Tribes of Bristol, former Senator Mark Begich’s office and campaign, Native Peoples Action, and most recently Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. However this year, I am caring for myself, reintroducing wellness, and thinking a lot about growth and regeneration and imagination! Something I’m particularly passionate about is Radical Compassion and the politics of love. I also work on indigenized climate justice with the United Nations Association and on transnational Indigenous movements! I am so excited to see how we can mobilize as a powerful force of young minds to take back power, create intentional communities of care, and implement policy that protects and serves our peoples and our ways of life!