Two Join Texas AFL-CIO Staff As Fellows

The Texas AFL-CIO welcomes two "Fellows" who will work with us in the coming months to build power for working families.
Ben Nakhaima is working with us in collaboration with the Blue Leadership Collaborative, which trains talented Texans to be campaign managers in the 2020 cycle and beyond. He is doing the program's hands-on work in our Get Out the Vote program for the primary and runoff elections while also taking classes with the Conference.
A Ruston, Louisiana native who grew up in Las Vegas, Nakhaima studied political science at Texas Tech University. He has held internships at the Nevada Democratic Party and with former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, among other jobs. 
Rimsha Syed is working with us as an Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Fellow. APALA, of course, is a constituency group of the AFL-CIO and the purpose of the fellowship is "to help our chapters build out local worker and civic engagement campaigns." The work she plans to do in our office includes development of organizing leaders for APALA, assistance in promoting the U.S. Census, work with the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Drive and APALA-related Get Out the Vote work.
Syed has held marketing and writing jobs for progressive publications and is currently Writer and Politics Editor at Brown Girl Magazine. Besides writing and editing, Syed has expertise in social media outreach. As a student, she has worked in a variety of progressive organizations and actions, informing us that her interest in the labor movement grew out of her experience as a steering member of United Students Against Sweatshops, including protests, marches, educational events and negotiations at the University of Texas.
Both of these outstanding activists are off to an excellent start. The state labor federation is excited and grateful to be able to work with the programs that have made them available and we know working families are going to benefit from the work they are doing.