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Warrior Women Awardees
Check back to learn more about IIMD's Warrior Women Awardees each week leading up to the virtual fundraiser event
Senator Stephanie Chang
Sen. Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature, worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.
She served as state director for NextGen Climate Michigan, alumni engagement and evaluation coordinator for the Center for Progressive Leadership in Michigan, deputy director for the Campaign for Justice and as an organizer for Michigan United/One United Michigan. She also worked as a community engagement coordinator for the James and Grace Lee Boggs School and assistant to Grace Lee Boggs, an activist, writer, and speaker.
The senator also is a co-founder and past president of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan, and she served as a mentor with the Detroit Asian Youth Project.
In the state House, Sen. Chang led the way on air quality protection, education, criminal justice reforms, improving economic opportunities, and affordable, safe drinking water. She passed bipartisan legislation on a range of issues including female genital mutilation, nitrous oxide “whip-its”, reentry services for wrongfully convicted individuals who were exonerated, and more. She quickly earned her colleagues’ respect and was named chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus in her second term. She also served on the leadership team for the House Democratic Caucus both terms and was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Legislative Caucus.
Chang earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Sean Gray, and their young daughter.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib is a well-known progressive warrior and, in her own words, “a mother working for justice for all.” Her two young sons are at the root of her unwavering passion to help change lives for the better. She is the oldest of 14 children, born and raised in Detroit, the proud daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents.
Rashida made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. She is beloved by residents for the transformative constituent services she provided, and for successfully fighting the billionaires and corporations that tried to pollute her district. When families get to know Rashida, they have no doubt that she will work tirelessly to knock down barriers for real change, and whether by policy or action, she will roll up her sleeves to make sure her residents are cared for, no matter how big the challenge.
When billionaire slumlord Matty Moroun refused to follow the law and get polluting semi-trucks off neighborhood streets, Rashida organized residents with the We Have A Right To Breathe campaign and forced Moroun to fulfill his obligations to protecting public health. When large piles of black dust started showing up on the Detroit riverfront and blowing into homes and parks, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality told residents everything was fine, Rashida collected samples and got the substance tested herself - exposing the cancer-causing “petroleum coke” as a threat, and getting it removed.
As an attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Rashida took the movement to the courts, fighting racist emergency managers, abusive state agencies, and leading the fight for community benefits agreements that promote equitable development. Rashida knows that effective advocacy requires an all-out approach, fighting in the community, in the legislature, and in the courts every day against injustice and inequality, so that every single person in this country has a chance to thrive.
She is currently the Congresswoman for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which includes the city of Detroit and many surrounding communities.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; Sophia Chue migrated to The United States of America as a teenager and have resided in Michigan for over 26 years.
Ms. Chue is the Office and Business Development Manager for Process Controls & Instrumentation (PCI) LLC, an engineering company in Midtown Detroit. She owns and operates a Professional Consulting firm, L&M LLC that provides event planning, wedding, notary public, promotion, business strategic planning and development consulting, in addition to other services. Sophia also owns and operates a book publishing company Solochue Publishing LLC
Sophia serves as the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Service Center, Secretary for the City of Detroit Entertainment Commission (DEC). She is a member of the City of Detroit Immigration Taskforce and the current Ambassador to the Caribbean Region for World Medical Relief. Sophia is a New American Leaders Alumni.
A Veteran of the United States Army, Sophia currently resides in Michigan and is the mother of two adult sons. She is an Emcee, Speaker, self-published Poet, avid dancer and an active collective community advocate.
Dr. Mohana Walambe
Dr. Mohana Walambe was born and raised in India where she had a long and successful career as a physician specializing in Industrial medicine and Opthalmology. After a few years of working internationally, She immigrated to the United states and became a naturalized citizen.
Dr. Mohana is a multi-talented individual with an infectious energy, and a passion for empowerment of under-served communities.
As a Board member of South Asian American Voices for Impact (SAAVI), she has worked tirelessly to empower the APA community in Michigan and address their issues through education, advocacy, and outreach programs. Dr. Mohana has helped SAAVI partner with diversity groups and socio-religious organizations to strengthen the flagship Naturalization Workshop program of the New Americans Campaign.
Her other volunteering activities include helping Michiganders gain access to Medicare and Medicaid services through the Area Agencies on Aging. she also serves on the board of Asian Center Southeast Michigan as an assistant Director
Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López
Raquel Castañeda-López, a lifelong Detroiter, became the first Latina elected to Detroit City Council in November 2013. A social worker by trade, Castañeda-López has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She co-chairs the Council’s Immigration Taskforce and has led the City’s efforts in becoming a more welcoming city. She championed the creation of the Detroit ID and fought for environmental justice legislation to protect Detroiters right to breathe clean air.
The only Councilmember in the State to have a mobile service office to deliver resources and information to residents, she is committed to fighting for policies that promote access, equity, and wellness.