Jonathan Jayes-Green is one of the co-funders and the Director of the UndocuBlack Network (UBN), a multigenerational Network of Black undocumented immigrants organizing their own communities and building power. UBN focuses on organizing, deportation defense, advocacy, wellness and storytelling. Jonathan believes freedom and liberation is possible by organizing and centering the voices and leadership of those directly impacted.
Jonathan is a queer undocumented Afro-Panamanian DACA recipient who loves salsa, merengue and heartfelt hugs.
Jonathan received his Associate’s from Montgomery College (MD) and his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Goucher College. He has served as liaison and advocate of the Caribbean and Latinx communities in the office of the Governor of Maryland, having won state-wide legislative fights like the Dream Act and marriage equality, and having supported a women of color-owned small business in its growth and development.
Jamie is a co-organizer of The Undocumented and Black Convening and co-founder of the UndocuBlack Network. She's passionate about workers’ rights, immigration, and gender equality. In her spare time she can be found mothering people she didn't give birth to, laughing uncontrollably, and arguing about philosopher Aubrey Graham. She proudly hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica and believes the sun is the majorest key of all. She works on UBN's fundraising efforts.
Pat is Jamaican, UndocuBlack, and committed to social/racial/immigration justice for black unicorns like her living in the U.S. She is active in The UndocuBlack Network, working on Membership Engagement, Policy and Fundraising. Sista Pat believes that the sum of one's experiences makes them whole regardless of status and she enjoys vibing with folk who feel the same. Feel free to follow her recent political musings on twitter @Undoublack_Pat.
Yannick was born in Dakar, Senegal and came to the United States in 2000. He started organizing with other youth activists for President Obama to use his executive action to grant Deferred Action for parental arrivals and around the Maryland Dream Act in 2012. Yannick graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management with specialization in entrepreneurship, He is a co-founder and Budget Coordinator of Undocublack Network.
Deborah Alemu is Ethiopian but was raised in and currently lives in Austin, TX. She enjoys reading about working class justice and the death of neoliberalism, she loves ice cream during all seasons and is currently helping UBN with membership outreach.
Gabrielle Jackson is originally from the twin isle nation of Trinidad and Tobago, and has nothing but love for the diaspora. She is a therapist and clinical social worker, and her passion and life purpose is the mental and emotional well-being of the community, with a special emphasis on Black immigrants, of course. One of the co-organizers of the Undocumented and Black Convening and one of the co-founders of the UndocuBlack Network, Gabrielle is now organizing with UBN as the Mental Wellness Director, focusing her efforts on developing the mental wellness initiative, and gathering and understanding community resources. When she's not doing that, she enjoys reading fiction, especially Caribbean literature, and doing P90X workouts.