CultureStrike is led by a multiracial, multicultural team of artists and activists that works directly with cultural workers and organizers in the US and beyond. We are primarily people of color and first- or second-generation migrants, and our work draws from our unique experiences as women, LGBTQ, working class, and undocumented people.

As people directly affected by the issues we tackle, we are uniquely positioned to create cultural strategies that influence audiences from next-door neighbors to policy makers.

Executive Director

Sham-e-Ali is a poet, visual artist and public interest attorney born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US.  She brings significant experience as an advocate for racial and economic justice, and as Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, Sham-e-Ali lead programs that supported women and trans* artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture and social change.

Co-founder and Artist

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom.  Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country.

Knowledge Lab & Operations Manager

Sonia Guinansaca is a Queer Migrant  Poet and cultural organizer from Harlem, NY by way of Ecuador. Has co-founded and help build  some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country and in NYC.  She has also founded some of the first creative artistic projects by and for undocumented writers/artists. Guiñansaca’s range of work centers migration, climate justice, QTPOC , being a Queer Femme of color, and the role of artists in social movements.

Julio Salgado
Artist Projects Manager
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of and events and project coordinator at CultureStrike. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his illustrations, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.
Development and Communications Manager

Jess has centered her work on community and working through cultural difference, starting with field research and program management for artisan business development in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, and Macedonia, and leading food system projects in New England. Most recently she worked with children in Oaxaca, Mexico, using photography and video as a tool to reflect on identity.


Communications & Sales

Jesús Iñiguez is an undocumedia artivist from Inglewood, CA, by way of Mexico City. Co-founder of Poet, essayist, musician, videographer, photographer, thinker, and lover. He loves to write, but these short little bio situations always stump him. Find Jesús on Instagram.

Michelle Chen
Assistant Editor, CultureStrike Magazine

Michelle Chen is CultureStrike Magazine‘s Editorial Fellow and a contributing editor at In These Times, where she writes for its labor blog Working In These Times. She is also a co-producer of Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica’s WBAI and a history doctoral student at the City University of New York.


Sabaa Zareena (pronouns; they/them/Sabaa) is a community artist, lovable friend, and fierce administrative genius. Their work centers the development of communities of color, queer people, income restricted people, and people that live or have lived the female identified experience.

A Message from CultureStrike Executive Director Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

"It is through art and culture that we are able to shift our collective consciousness and transform this grim political climate we find ourselves in. There is a significant cost our communities pay when we are not the ones uplifting our own truths. We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our creative alliances and shift cultural narratives that harm us. I invite us all to imagine the kind of world we wish to see and assert the safety and dignity of our communities." Donate Now!