Lily is a native of Boston’s Chinatown and Quincy, Massachusetts. Her commitment to social justice was formed early, as a child of immigrant parents and low-wage workers in the local restaurant, hotel, and health care industries. She studied Political Geography at Vassar College and spent two years abroad at the US-Mexico borderland where she deepened her passion for migrant justice.
For three years, Lily was a volunteer organizer with the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), recruiting and developing immigrant youth leaders across the state. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Lily led two-week vigils in front of the MA State House against proposed anti-immigrant amendments. She also built a coalition of more than 40 community organizations for the DREAM Act.
Lily joined Mass JwJ as an Organizer in 2012. She helped the organization expand its geographic reach and develop educators, parents, and students into movement leaders. When Holyoke schools were being taken over by the state, Lily trained public high school students in organizing skills and political education in order to take action. Along with educators of color and immigrant parents and students, Lily led a winning campaign to implement bilingual education in Spanish and Portuguese for newcomers in Framingham’s Fuller Middle School. In 2016, Lily played a key role in the “No on Question 2” victory to stop the charter school industry’s privatization agenda in Massachusetts.
Lily is on the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA) steering committee. She has deep organizing experience in the cities of Boston, Framingham, New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Worcester, and Fitchburg. Lily speaks Spanish, Toisanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
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