Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Lilian Jimenez, Wesley Epplin, Maximillian Boykin

Location: Chicago, Illinois

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES TO DEVELOP LOCAL LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

FOCUS: Our team is focused on the overlapping areas of structural racism in policing and under-investment in communities of color. We aim to push back against the agenda of austerity budgeting in both Chicago and Illinois, and focusing on advancing health care access for immigrants and fighting discrimination against them. We also aim to work with low-wage workers to advance economic justice.
Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Lilian Jimenez, Wesley Epplin, Maximillian Boykin
Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Development and Knowledge-Management Specialist ROC-United [Pictured Front Left]

I am a human being. I bring the perspective of having had something, losing it and then making a conscious decision to redirect my anger and pain. I dedicate my life to human rights, to a focused dismantling of the systems of oppression and taking away power from the established elite that maintain them.

Lilian Jimenez, Policy Director, Cook County Board of Commissioners [Pictured Front Right]

I am trained as an attorney with a background as a community organizer. I strive to promote the perspectives of low-income black, brown and immigrant communities in the policy world.

Wesley Epplin, Director of Health Equity, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group [Pictured Back Left]

I am the Director of Health Equity at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, which works to advance the health of all people in Illinois by promoting health equity. I’m also a co-facilitator and co-founder of Radical Public Health, which focuses solutions on the root causes of public health problems. I bring my public health and political science background and activist approach to fighting for justice in health and health care.

Maximillian Boykin, Community Organizer, AIDS Foundation of Chicago [Pictured Back Right]

I am the Community Advocacy and Social Justice Manager with AIDS Foundation of Chicago, new manager of the HIV Preventive Justice Alliance, member of Black Youth Project 100 and on the steering committee for the Collaboration on Health Equity for Cook County. My organizing ranges from direct action, civic engagement, conscious raising, to coalition building. I have always worked in primarily Black and marginalized communities and I love working with my people in order to make sure they are uplifted and liberated.