Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is excited to introduce Celina Madden. They will be serving as Kalamazoo Regional Community Organizer. Check out this Q&A to get to know them.
Hey Celina! Can you introduce yourself to our lovely online supporters?
Hayyyyyy! My name is Celina and I am the Regional Community Organizer for Kalamazoo. I am beyond excited to be working with PPMI & PPAM! I am a queer Chinese adoptee and my pronouns are she & they; I use both and you should too! I am from Shenzhen, China and I grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL. I moved to Kalamazoo, MI in 2013 to attend Kalamazoo College for my undergraduate studies. I majored in East Asian Studies and Political Science (how very liberal arts) and I studied away my junior year in Philadelphia, PA, where I began my civic engagement journey.
Planned Parenthood is so excited to have you. Can you tell us why you're excited to join the team?
I stand with Planned Parenthood forever and always because everyone deserves bodily autonomy. Reproductive justice is an issue that affects so many bodies and advocating, educating, and reaching out to communities to promote that right is vital in the fight for equity.
What makes you so passionate about your community?
I love that Kalamazoo is weird. I love that Kalamazoo is always buzzing; street festivals, art shows, food trucks, concerts, you name it, this little city has so much going on. I see intentional equity work growing and thriving throughout communities and I am SO excited to be part of that work.
What excites you about your new role with Planned Parenthood?
I am most passionate about working with organizers and community members alike in Kzoo. I am so excited to learn and grow in organizing, in my role in the fight for reproductive justice, and to develop a deeper relationship with the Kalamazoo community. I am excited to see reproductive justice in action in Kalamazoo!
How do you like to spend your time when you're not organizing?
Currently my hobbies revolve around FOOD. I love cooking and I love gathering over food. Quality time is my love language!
How can Kalamazoo area activists get in touch with you?
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!