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Karalyn Grimes 

Lead Organizer

Karalyn Grimes was born and raised in Lansing, was educated in metro Detroit, Ohio, and London, began their professional life in Boston, and returned home to Michigan in 2017. 

They began their organizing work doing trauma informed organizing around sexualized violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Oscar Castaneda

Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force Chair 


Oscar Castaneda has been a resident of Lansing since 1998.


He hauled from Guatemala in a long journey that included his college years in Mexico City and graduate school in Buffalo, NY. He went through it with his wife and his two daughters Maria and Anaite who are now married and living in other cities although they were raised and educated in the Lansing Area.


Because of his own struggles with the immigration system Oscar became acquainted with Action of Greater Lansing where he started his involvement in the Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force, which he now chairs. 


Our Organizing Team


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