Modeled after No More Victims, Solidarity Now works to connect communities with families and individuals whose most basic human rights are being violated on our increasingly militarized southern border.
Separating children from their families inflicts lasting harm on the children and their parents. Community solidarity projects offer an effective approach to improving the situation these abused children face. Family reunification is one of our central goals.
In addition, we are are developing a news and information site that focuses on human rights violations, the social costs of militarism, and preserving humane values in the face of climate disruption. These issues are deeply interrelated. We are also dedicated to celebrating the many inspiring acts of solidarity and compassion that occur every day. Such acts are a source of hope in a time of growing authoritarianism, militarism and disregard for fundamental human rights. They demonstrate that a better world is possible, and yield insights into how we might create one.
Hugo Ivan Salazar Gonzalez is the recipient of the ChangeLawyers Fellowship. He is currently working as a Staff Attorney at Al Otro Lado, a human rights and immigration service nonprofit located in Tijuana, Mexico, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Prior to his time at Al Otro Lado, he was the Policy Director at the Orange County Labor Federation where he developed rapid response immigration services for labor unions and the community. He also was a legal volunteer at Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in San Antonio, Texas and Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles, California. In San Antonio, he helped release refugee families from detention centers and in Los Angeles, he prepared asylum applications and helped prepare them for their asylum cases. Prior to these experiences, Hugo was a United States Department of State, Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Colombia. There, he studied the effectiveness of combatant integration programs by interviewing former paramilitaries and guerrillas. Prior to Colombia, he was a Coro Leadership Program Fellow in Los Angeles, California where he gained leadership training and experience by working in places like the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Caesar Chavez Foundation, and others. He graduated from Chapman University School of Law, and the University of California, Irvine where he received a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in International Studies and Political Science.
Jonathan Hahn Jonathan Hahn is an editor, journalist, and media communications consultant with over 20 years of experience working on behalf of social justice, humanitarian, and environmental nonprofits.
Kathleen Hernandez is a retired teacher and grandmother volunteering with Solidarity Now in support of migrant families, asylum seekers and children separated from their families. She is a co-founder of MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. She is also active with Unified US Deported Veterans, Al Otro Lado, National Lawyers Guild and Meta Peace Teams serving those most vulnerable at the border in Tijuana. She’s an active associate member of Veterans For Peace and is currently working in collaboration with About Face: Iraq Veterans Against The War, Poor People’s Campaign among others. She was part of an international Witness For Peace team in the Colombian Humanitarian Zones. Kathleen also volunteers as a legal observer and has attended and organized numerous trainings on peacekeeping and non-violence.
Ann Miller comes with a background founding, directing and managing non-profit organizations, community organizing, website maintenance, peace and justice activism, and freelance writing. For the past twelve years, she has been the Director of Communications for the Office of the Americas in Los Angeles. She spearheaded community projects that provided medical treatment in Greenville, South Carolina for two Iraqi children injured by US forces, and served as the Community Coordinator for No More Victims. She is married to Cole Miller and has one son, Christie, who along with his girlfriend Caleigh, had their first grandson, Sumter Lane, in 2019, instantly creating two very doting grandparents. She lives with husband Cole, and canine family, Scooby and Blaze, in South Carolina.
Cole Miller is the founding director of No More Victims and Solidarity Now. Miller co-created and produced the environmentally focused radio series Isla Earth, which took top honors in the News Bureau category of the 2008 Los Angeles Press Club’s 50th Annual Journalism Awards. He organized local community projects that delivered medical care for children injured by US forces in Iraq. He is married to Ann Miller and lives in the woods of South Carolina, where they share their home with two dogs that are, in the words of Garrison Keillor, above average.
Robert Morris, DDS, MPH is a retired doctor of public health who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Senior Adviser to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health in health policy and planning and an adviser to the Gulf States Health Desk. He is a recipient of the T.S. Chang Harvard School of Public Health Award of Merit and the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, the oldest school of dentistry in the world. He is the founding sponsor of Maitam House of Hope, a project that serves HIV/AIDS positive children in Ho Chi Minh City-Saigon, Vietnam. He was the lead organizer for a project to help an Iraqi boy who was severely burned when a US convoy opened fire on a civilian passenger vehicle near Samara, Iraq. For many years he has been an active member of the Smedley Butler Brigade Chapter of Veterans for Peace in Boston.