The structure of FCCAN consists of the Spokescouncil (roughly the equivalent of a board of directors), the staff coordinator, affiliates and dedicated volunteers.
The Spokescouncil is responsible for overall oversight, policy-making and fundraising. The coordinator manages interns and volunteers, administers day-to-day activities, leads grant writing initiatives and other fundraising and coordinates the work of the affiliates. FCCAN as a whole has about 50 active volunteers who are generally local community members, activists and students.
Litzy Lastra, FCCAN Community Organizer
Shirley Man-kin Leung, FCCAN Coordinator
Yurixhi Toro River, Fuerza Latina Community Organizer
Yurixhi was born and raised in Greeley Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2021 earning a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and minor in legal studies. Her hobbies are spending time with loved ones, being in nature, boxing, fashion, and self-improvement. As a child, she observed her family members navigate the complex immigration system and always questioned the structures in place that affected our communities. The passion for empowering our communities inspired her academic and career trajectory. She believes it is essential to understand the way particular structures leave a lasting impact and to promote fair and equitable rights for underrepresented communities. She is beyond excited to be Fuerza Latina’s community organizer and collaborate in developing strategies that build power for our community members with our principle goal of protecting and promoting immigrant rights.
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Rena Trujillo, Community Representative
Rena Trujillo identifies as a queer, multiracial, Indigenous woman of color. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. As she navigates post-grad life she spends much of her time trying to share knowledge and skills gained inside an academic institution and make it accessible to all people. Recently, she has been building knowledge and skills directly related to environmental justice by attending non-violent direct action camps led by Indigenous peoples. She believes there is great power that lies at the intersection of embodiment work, land-based practices, and social and environmental justice. Having access to clean air, water, and soil should be a basic human and non-human right, so until that is achieved and maintained for all beings, her body will remain on the frontlines. Pleasure activities include hiking, fishing, ethically hunting and gathering, creative resistance through art, dancing, eating food, and attending music concerts. She is a proud plant and puppy companion.
Annelise Fleming, FCCAN Intern
Annelise Fleming is a senior at CSU, double majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies, graduating next
spring. I have lived in Colorado my entire life and I moved from Aurora to Fort Collins in 2019 officially. I am excited to be interning here at FCCAN and learning more about this organization. My interests include reading, watching documentaries, history and listening to music. I am really passionate about social justice and learning how to dismantle oppressive systems that are so engrained in different parts of our lives. Intersectionality is a huge part of how I operate and relate to others.
Lynn Thompson, Fort Collins Homeless Coalition
Lynn Thompson has a long-standing interest in fighting for the civil, constitutional, and human rights of poor and marginalized communities. She joined the Fort Collins Homeless Coalition (FCHC) in 2014, just a few months after she moved to Fort Collins, and serves as their representative on the FCCAN Spokescouncil. As a member of FCHC, she has worked to defeat numerous sit/lie bans, fought against the City’s camping ban, supported the statewide Colorado Right to Rest Act, pushed for city-wide improvements such as Sunday bus service, 24/7 public bathrooms, year-round drinking water, & 24/7 storage lockers, and engaged in community education efforts. Lynn is also a member of the Northern Colorado Potters Guild, where she explores her fascination with clay and ceramics.
Caridad Souza, Community Representative
Dr. Caridad Souza is the director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary race & ethnic relations and theories, women, children, & poverty, multiracial and decolonial feminisms, and critical ethnography. Her intellectual interests involve intersectional well-being and inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality), and she has worked on gender equity at CSU on various committees including the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, and was one of the researchers on the gender equity study for the university. Caridad uses Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in her classes and work as a pathway towards increased embodiment. She is fascinated with the concept of social healing towards a more equitable, just, and free society
Janelle Brazington, Community Representative
Janelle has over 20 years of experience in advocacy and social justice work at local, state, and international levels. She joined Maliasili as their Director of Finance and Administration in October 2019 and provides strategic leadership around financial management, international financial management, grants administration, and human resources. Janelle is passionate about building capacity of community-level efforts and serving as a resource for local nonprofit organizations. Previously, Janelle served as the vice president of administration and CFO for Kansas Action for Children in Topeka, Kansas, where she worked at all levels of operations over the course of 15 years. In addition to nonprofit administration, Janelle has experience in governance, capacity building, strategic planning, and advocacy evaluation. She earned her bachelors in mathematics from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Janelle moved to Fort Collins in July 2019 and is enjoying her new home with her family visiting the mountains and exploring the Poudre Trail.