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Rev. E. West McNeill, Executive Director
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Tel: (518) 217-5644
emcneill@labor-religion.org


West (they/them) is the Executive Director of Labor-Religion Coalition and a tri-chair of the New York State Poor People's Campaign. They are ordained in the United Church of Christ and have over a decade of experience organizing with community, faith, and labor organizations. They are a graduate of the Union Leadership Institute of the NYS AFL-CIO and Cornell and hold an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where they were a Fellow with the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice. Prior to joining LRC, West served as a parish minister in Tacoma, WA. They have a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College.
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Rev. Joe Paparone, Lead Organizer
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Tel: (518) 212-7697
jpaparone@labor-religion.org

Joe Paparone is a life-long New Yorker, growing up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, near New Paltz. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2012. He is a licensed minister of the Mennonite Church USA. Joe has organized for immigrant rights and prisoner justice with Capital Region groups such as New Sanctuary for Immigrants, ICE-Free Capital District, and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.

Joe lives in Albany with his wife Lesley and their dogs, Artax and Nym. He plays tenor and baritone saxophone in two local bands: Kimono Dragons and Victory Soul Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys exploring the Adirondacks via foot, bike or canoe.

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Pauline Pisano, MSW. Digital Organizer
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ppisano@labor-religion.org

Pauline Pisano is an artist, cultural worker, and community organizer. She recently graduated from Silberman School of Social Work, where she was awarded the Carmen Ortiz Hendrick Award for Excellence. Pauline also holds a certificate from Boston University's Center For The Digital Imaging Arts and a Bachelor's Degree from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. Pauline is currently a coordinator for the New York State Arts and Culture Committee for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral RevivalWhile in New York City Pauline was a DOVE Advocate at New York Presbyterian Hospital and and activist in spaces fighting for human rights and dignity for all. 

 

Pauline has recently relocated to rural Maryland where she runs a music/video production studio whose projects goals are to build movements to end poverty, engage the community in creative work, lift up unheard voices, and culturally support campaigns rooted in human rights and dignity for all. She believes in organizing artists to organize, and organizing organizers to utilize the cultural arts as a pathway to freedom and humanization. We are all artists. 

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Paige Hartsell

ahartsell@labor-religion.org 

Paige Hartsell (she/her) most recently worked as a farm educator and high school teacher for children with learning differences. She went to hear Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis speak at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in fall 2018 and felt called to restructure her life  towards the full time vocation of organizing. She is currently pursuing joint Master's degrees in Divinity and Social Work (CO) at Union Theological Seminary and Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, both located in Harlem. Paige is a volunteer organizer with the Poor People's Campaign, A National Call for Moral Survival and has been a volunteer intern on the policy team at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice. 

 

Paige is honored to be a part of LRC and to continue building a powerful movement across all social and religious/spiritual locations to shift the power structure in New York and beyond. She is committed to the collective struggle for freedom and to uplifting those who are leading the way to our shared liberation.

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Jamie Levin

jlevin@labor-religion.org

I’m from just outside of Boston, MA, and will be interning with the Labor-Religion Coalition this spring. I am currently in my senior year at Skidmore College studying social work. While at school I’ve developed an interest in policy and community-based social work, and I am very excited to learn more about social work outside of a classroom setting this semester.

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