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Community Leader: Naida Tushnet

Naida Tushnet

A long-time resident of Long Beach, Naida Tushnet is an experienced activist in her community; she was raised on the principle that it is “important to right wrongs.” Naida’s community involvement isn’t limited to the important work she’s done with the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community—she’s also an active member of the Long Beach Area Peace Network, regularly attending their vigils on Fridays. Naida’s leadership skills are apparent, as she has served as president of Long Beach Area Citizens Involved, and volunteered for numerous political campaigns on the local, state, and national levels. Naida plans to further increase her involvement in the community after her recent retirement. She will also continue to spend time with her lovely grandchildren, with whom she will share her philosophy: it is essential that “those of us with the privilege of good educations and good jobs work to make sure everyone has the same opportunities we had.”

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Community Leader: Nelson Nailat

Nelson Nailat

Nelson Matthew Nailat Jr. is both a student and a teacher in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Nelson currently attends California State University of Long Beach. As a childcare aide educator, Nelson has developed a strong connection with local youth, which sparked his interest in “empowering [them] through written and oral expressions.” Nelson actively runs events for a Long Beach arts collective called Break The Silence, which allows people of all ages to express themselves through art. To many, Nelson is an inspirational disc jockey and driven community organizer. Nelson believes that the Coalition allows him to be the latter and to fight for justice for the workers in his community.