India will be an important voice for equality in Buffalo!
India is a registered nurse who has worked with Buffalo’s most vulnerable populations in both the hospital and public education systems. She is also an experienced community organizer, having led change in affordable housing and criminal justice reform at city and state levels. As a non-profit founder and executive director, India most recently developed land into permanently affordable housing and community space in a historic Buffalo neighborhood.
Born and raised on Buffalo’s East Side as one of six children, India became a full-time working mother at the age of just 14. She earned her GED while pregnant with twins, who were born prematurely. After experiencing firsthand the disparate treatment of people of color in the healthcare system, India was inspired to become a nurse in the same NICU where her sons’ lives were saved. As a health care worker, India became a representative in the 1199 SEIU union, standing up for both workers and patients from picket lines in Buffalo to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, where she was invited to speak at a national women’s rights rally in 2014. Continuing to serve as a nurse in Buffalo Public Schools, India witnessed the intersectionality of issues impacting Buffalo’s youth, from poverty to community safety to immigration, and became determined to make a lasting impact on the community in which she lived and worked.