Panel 2 Detailed Speaker Information

Food Chain Workers Rights and Justice Panel       Video of Panel Available Here

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Andrea Schmid, Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Andrea Schmid lives in Holyoke, MA and is a community organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. She grew up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Miami, where the strength and struggle of the immigrant community deeply informed her commitment and solidarity with the movement for collective liberation. After studying climate migration and environmental science at Smith College, Andrea joined the climate justice movement and organized with you at the U.N. Climate Talks (COP23) in Bonn, Germany to shut down a U.S.-sponsored fossil fuel panel. It was through this experience on the international stage that she came to realize her commitment to local  grassroots organizing. Andrea currently facilitates the Springfield Worker Committee, a group of 70 undocumented farm workers, construction workers, and day laborers who recently won a campaign to pass a sanctuary law in Springfield and is currently mobilizing the community to be a part of the statewide campaign to win drivers licenses for all. She aspires to learn more about birds and enjoys podcasts and popular radio.

 

Mea Johnson, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Boston

Mea Johnson is the Lead Organizer with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Boston (ROC Boston), a Restaurant Worker Center that organizes for better industry standards. Mea is also an Indigenous Cuisine baker and a worker-owner in Olio Catering Co-op. Mea has been doing grassroots organizing in the Boston area for 15 years, as well as organizing with the Native
community, both locally and nationally. Mea is a mom, writer/artist and yogi.

 

 

Claudia Quintero, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Staff Attorney at Central West Justice Center

Claudia Quintero, Esq. is a staff attorney at Central West Justice Center where she represents migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the State of Massachusetts on a variety of legal matters. She has primarily assisted clients in matters related to immigration, labor and employment, housing, and benefits. She also provides community education and know-your-rights trainings to community members and organizations.

Before law school, Claudia was an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies department at Salt Lake Community College. During law school she continued teaching as an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies Department at Western New England University. In 2018, she published an article relating to asylum and immigration law with the University of Massachusetts Law Review. In 2017, she was the student recipient of the Supreme Judicial Court Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on behalf of immigrant populations, and the recipient Student of the Year award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

She has worked with various organizations in Los Angeles, the City of Springfield Labor Relations Dept., and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C. She sits on the boards of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the coordinating committee of the ACLU of Western Mass. Immigrant Protection Project, and the board of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, as the Regional Director for Hampden County.

Originally from Los Angeles, Claudia attended Western New England University School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2017, where she was on the Western New England University Law Review, head of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter and the Latino/a Law Student Association. She received a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Music from California State University, Los Angeles (2010), and an M.S. in Rhetoric (Comm. Studies) from the University of Utah (2013) in Salt Lake City, UT.