Nelini Stamp was born and raised in Bedstuy of Brooklyn, New York. She is the Special Projects Director of the Working Families Party (WFP). WFP is backed by labor and community-based organizations to support progressive candidates and legislation through a combination of fusion voting and coalition building at the grassroots level. Nelini was instrumental in bringing SEIU 1199, the NAACP, and NYCLU together with the Working Families Party and more than 50,000 people for the silent march against Stop and Frisk on Father’s Day in 2012. Nelini stood with Elizabeth Warren in 2014 to launch the organization’s Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to combat the student debt crisis.
Nelini has described the financial crisis of 2008 and her own experience being denied access to college. Her financial aid applications refused to recognize her mother’s same-sex partner and present her family’s statement of need. Confronting these systemic difficulties was instrumental in establishing her determination to make a better life for herself and future generations of the 99%. Her work on the ground at Occupy Wall St helped bridge the gap between labor, community-based organizations, and Occupy.
Nelini has worked on numerous electoral campaigns across New York State and is co-director of Rise-Up Georgia, which works towards greater social and economic justice, strong communities and dignity in public, at home, and in the workplace.
Nelini has worked on countless youth campaigns and helped launch the Dream Defenders, a group focused on organizing and training young people in non-violent civil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action.