Sammie Ablaza Wills

Sammie Ablaza Wills is an enthusiastic, queer, non-binary Pilipinx organizer and death doula passionate about supporting people in reclaiming their inherent power and dignity. Growing up in a hustling class immigrant household, their political journey started with witnessing xenophobia against their family, fighting budget cuts in public schools, and learning about trans Pilipinos fighting colonization. Currently, Sammie is the Executive Director of APIENC, a grassroots organization building power for transgender and queer Asian and Pacific Islander people in the Bay Area, where they originally started as a youth Summer Organizer. In their current role, Sammie supports hundreds of community members to organize for rights, build intergenerational connections, and heal for trans justice. In addition to their work at APIENC, Sammie is a member organizer with Asians4BlackLives – Bay Area and sits on the board of Movement Generation: Justice & Ecology Project. Sammie believes that anything can be turned into a chant and brought onto the streets (literally and emotionally). At all times, they strive to learn more about their ancestors, practice vulnerability, and share stories.


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