Rachel Rybaczuk is a first-generation American whose experience growing up poor in racially diverse neighborhoods was put in stark contrast to her first-gen college experience at a predominantly white liberal arts college where she realized race and class are some of the guiding forces of inequality. This experience catalyzed her dedication to economic and racial justice organizing. Rachel has been a longtime community organizer in western Massachusetts fighting for affordable housing, supporting undocumented workers, engaging community members about social justice issues, and fundraising for a grassroots organization stopping foreclosures. After many years as a senior trainer, she recently became interim executive director for Class Action – one of her numerous part-time jobs including admin work, teaching, and housecleaning as she slowly works toward a PhD in the Department of Sociology at UMass-Amherst. Her continued working class hustle inspires her vision for economic and racial justice for all people. Read more about Rachel here.
About Annie Hamilton
Annie grew up with her mom and sister in Stone Mountain, GA a suburb of Atlanta. Being raised by a single-parent resulted in few financial resources but because of her mother’s education Annie and her sister were able to navigate complicated financial aid systems to gain access to private school and club sports teams. Annie graduated from Wellesley College in 2014 with a dual degree in Economics and Women and Gender Studies. Her interest in social justice solidified while interning with a domestic violence group in Chicago. Annie is the Administrative Coordinator at Class Action.