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Regions and Regional Representatives

At the 2004 annual SOA Watch Strategy Meeting, local SOA Watch groups around the country were divided into twelve regions. In the following months, local groups met and chose people to represent their region's voice on the "SOA Watch Council," the new national decision-making body for SOA Watch.

Below you'll find listed the eight regions, the states that make up those regions, and the regional representative for each region. We are currently working to place Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in a region, based on input from SOA Watch organizers in those locations.

NORTHWEST REGION
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Kate Speltz:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 206-632-1523

WEST REGION
American Samoas, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Marinas, Nevada, Utah

Theresa Cameranesi: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 415-876-1455

Theresa Cameranesi is the Council member representing the Western Region. Theresa joined the Council in 2007 and is active in the SOAW Legislative Working Group. She lives in San Fransisco, California. In San Fransisco she also works with the Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition and with St. John of God's Sanctuary Committee. As a nurse, she has worked in a rural Paraguayan health post for 28 years, and as a Nurse Practitioner at several migrant farmworker clinics on the West Coast. She speaks English, Spanish, and Guarani.

Rebeca Zuniga-Hamlin: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Born in Nicaragua and grew up in both Nicaragua and Guatemala, from a young age, she has been committed to political action on behalf of the excluded by serving the poor and underprivileged. Her own mixed background - Nicaraguan Miskito Indian and white North American - has allowed her to commit to the long-term struggle for social justice, challenging unfair economic and criminal systems that affect the immigrant communities. She also has a keen understanding of the intersecting patterns of exclusion along dimensions of race, ethnicity, language, gender, immigration-status, and class. Rebeca has served as a translator and interpreter providing humane and culturally aware services to people in need. Rebeca has been an active member of the Louisiana Language Access Coalition. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, where she serves as the director of the Denver Justice and Peace Committee; a grassroots organization that advocates and educates for human rights in Latin America. 


BORDER REGION
Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas



GREAT PLAINS REGION
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

SOUTH REGION
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee

MID-ATLANTIC REGION
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia

CENTRAL REGION
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin


NORTHEAST REGION
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

CANADA



COUNCIL EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Pedro Jesus Romero-Menendez: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jerry King: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jerry lives in Detroit, Michigan, where he is an American Auto Worker and proud member of UAW Chrysler Local 140. He and his wife, Torrey, both enjoy being social and economic justice activists. He is currently a member of UAW Friends of SOA Watch and Co-Chairman of the UAW Local 140 Civil and Human Rights Commitee. Along with these responsibilities, Jerry serves as an executive board member of UAW Region 1 Development Advisory Council, South Eastern Michigan Jobs with Justice - Jobs Commitee Member, and a coalition member of the Detroit Eviction Defense.

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