Chueqa Yang, an organizer who centers community and connection in every aspect of their work, is Civic Nebraska’s new voting rights field organizer for Omaha and Lincoln. They began their role May 12.
The Omaha native and Lincoln resident helps coordinate Civic Nebraska’s policy initiatives and organizes campaigns for policy-related issues as part of our Voting Rights Initiatives team. Chueqa also helps with local and statewide get-out-the-vote campaigns and election protection.
They fell in love with relationship-building, grassroots organizing, and creative placemaking in 2020 upon joining the South of Downtown Community Development Organization. Chueqa said that intentional listening and civic engagement through art are powerful tools for engaging with communities.
“As an organizer working in a pandemic, I’ve learned the importance of community,” they said. “I will never have a dream career but I do have a dream community, and my role as an organizer is to be able to uplift and amplify these marginalized voices as much as I can for as long as I can.”
As a member of the Voting Rights Initiatives team, Chueqa coordinates and leads activities for legislative organizing and provides education and direct care for community members, coalitions, and partnerships; helps to manage our Voting Rights Advocates program; works with community partners and volunteers.
They also are a member of the Election Protection Program, which Civic Nebraska executes during statewide and major municipal elections.
When they’re not at work, Chueqa likes to discover new parks around their neighborhood with their chihuahua lab, Winston, enjoys attending local music concerts and art gallery shows, and traveling around the states. You might find them getting spontaneous tattoos, reading near the lake, or trying not to adopt all the cats in Lincoln.
Please join us in welcoming Chueqa to Civic Nebraska! They’re at firstname.lastname@example.org.