Antoinette Chen-See (She/They) is a multidisciplinary organizer, builder, and community weaver for the people. From coordinating and throwing qtpoc benefit parties with the Ships in the Night Collective for 8 years, to practice in co-counseling and support team work for over 10 years, Antoinette’s passions including bringing people together in loving, healing and fantastic ways. As a Queer Jamaican American, Antoinette’s work is guided by the desire to create communities that move us closer to healing and liberation.
The Staff of Fireweed Collective consist of individuals whose work is informed by experiences of mental health-based issues and oppression. This wonderful group of healers, cultural workers, community organizers, and rabble rousers brings energy and wisdom to our strategic and programmatic direction.
Meet The Team
My name is Ducky Jones Black, Latinx Queer Intersex Nonbinary Disabled, neurodiverse person whho uses They/Them or She/Her pronouns. I am Co-Founding member of Los Angeles Spoonie Collective (Queer Trans Disabled, neurodiverse) who facilitates workshops and do panels at schools and businesses. I currently an Trainer through Community Partners on training homeless shelter to treat and help their Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, nonbinary and intersex clients. I am a core member of Mirror Memiors and have done trainings and facilitated Eating disorders support groups. I am a student organizer that loves writing poetry.
Elliott Fukui He/Him, has been an organizer, trainer and facilitator for almost 20 years. He has had the privilege of living and organizing across the country and is currently based in Ohlone Territory/The Bay Area. He comes to this work as a Mad Queer and Trans Nikkei Hafu Psych Survivor. He has primarily worked in Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities, working to support folks in community security strategies, emotional wellness and safety planning, and inclusive campaign and solidarity work. He loves building curricula, radical cartographies, and movement history. You can check his work out at www.madqueer.org .
Lilac Vylette Maldonado (she/they) is a community organizer and culture worker who identifies as a sick & disabled, neurodivergent, Two-Spirit, Chicanx femme. She has been actively organizing since 2009 around many intersectional social justice issues such as racial justice, gender justice, disability justice, LGBTQIA+ issues, and body autonomy and acceptance. They are an avid zinester who has written and created artwork for various academic and social justice themed DIY booklets. She is a co-founding member of and logistics coordinator for the Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, a grassroots disability justice group connecting disabled activists and artists to community organizing and education opportunities.
M Tran is a Black and Asian trans woman from the Deep South and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She is a performing artist, story teller, and grassroots activist working within her communities to preserve history and promote wellness. Her focus is on nurturing, land, and interdependence especially as they relate to the Black, Trans, Southern, and API communities. M is also a published poet and has participated in community art work as a liberation tool for over six years. She enjoys parties, spending time with the land, playing with cats, and watching anime in her leisure time.
Agustina Vidal (she/her/ella) is a first generation immigrant from northwest Argentina. Agustina creates mental health tools and resources for both the U.S. and Latin America, with particular focus in disaster mental health. You can reach her at agustina (at) fireweedcollective (dot) org.
Kifu Faruq (She/They) is a 3rd generation community herbalist who believes that healing justice and solidarity economics should be at the center of social justice movement work. She comes to Fireweed with 15 years of experience in clinical and community health. She leverages her training, experiences, and relationships to highlight the underfunding of organizations focused on healing justice work. Her focus is to increase the capacity and scope of grassroots organizations, non-profits, and collective organizations.