Mutual Aide

California Progressive 3rd Annual Alliance Convention
March 6th 12:30- 2:00 pacific
Mutual Aide

BIOS & Photos

Henry “Hank” Jones

Henry “Hank” Jones is a former USA held political prisoner. He has been an activist since 1955 when he felt compelled by the racist, savage torture and murder of 14 year old Emmett Louis Till in Money, Mississippi, a black child there visiting his relatives.

Hank became a community organizer in 1963, working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in San Francisco. Hank joined the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1967 as Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) actions intensified against it. In 2003 he was one of eight former Panthers known as the San Francisco 8 (SF8), targeted by a Joint Terrorist Taskforce, under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security, for investigation and prosecution of an unsolved killing of a police officer in 1971. The case was being pursued based on coerced statements made by three of them after they were tortured several days by the New Orleans Police in 1973. Hank was pursued and arrested in 1973.

In 2003 Hank was jailed 30 days for resisting the grand jury investigation. In 2007 he was jailed for 9 months due to a Criminal Complaint, alleging murder and 11 counts of conspiracy, filed by one of the lead detectives assigned to the case. In 2009 after 38 years all charges were dismissed against him. Hank continues to do social justice, political prisoner and human rights work.

Carlos Marroquin

Carlos Marroquin is a father of four, a retired pastor, an Army veteran, a board member with many of our trusted community organizations, and a strategist for the progressive movement with a focus on housing justice, renters’ rights, and homelessness. He has had a 35- year career as a letter carrier with the United States Postal Service, serving as Chief Shop Steward with the National Association of Letter Carriers. 

As a shop steward Carlos represents workers on labor and employment issues. Over the years, he has successfully defended hundreds of letter carriers, filing many different kinds of cases, including class actions that have resulted in protecting jobs, recovery of wages and restitution for abusive management actions. Most recently he filed class actions against the USPS Case Consolidation Program that resulted in a big win for workers that included monetary compensation for all letter carriers affected.

Frankie Orona

Frankie Orona is Co-Founder & Executive Director of Society of Native Nations, and a member of the American Indian Movement. Frankie is a Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, and Activist. He is a graduate of the University of LaVern and CEO of an IT company that has allowed him to turn his lifelong passion of serving indigenous communities into the Society of Native Nations, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit that focuses on Native American rights, social justice, environmental justice, and youth education. Frankie lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife of 20 years and their children.

Michelle Manos

Michelle Manos (she/they) is a community organizer, writer, event producer, and logistics advisor with a focus on organizational infrastructure and process development. She also has a background in public policy, marketing, and small business development. Michelle is a co-founder of Bernie’s Coffee Shop, California for Progress, and Boot on the Ground. She currently serves as the Project Director for Project Mask Los Angeles, the Floor Manager for the Urban Partners Los Angeles food distribution program, and a Site Lead for the Shower of Hope. She is antiracist and anticapitalist, and believes that mutual aid and community-based resource building are part of the path to justice and liberation. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in African Studies with a focus on international public policy from Stanford University.

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