Mikaiil Haji Hussein, President
Mikaiil Hussein immigrated from Somalia in 1993 and received an education in computer science in California. He was a taxi driver during the strike in December 2009 and served as the chief negotiator for lower weekly leases paid by the taxi drivers to their lease holders. As a result of his unwillingness to remain silent in the face of poverty wages, health problems and abusive working conditions Mikaiil was fired for speaking out at a city council meeting and has been helping to protect and advance the rights of taxi drivers here in San Diego ever since.
After years of outreach to community organizations, building support among drivers and attending city board meeting Mikaiil and the United Taxi Drivers of San Diego have helped to minimize the confiscation of sheriff’s licenses and led the charge to change the make-up of the Taxi Advisory Committee to include equal representation of drivers and permit holders.
Mikaiil believes that through organizing people can change their lives and learn about the power of collective action. You can almost always find Mikaiil fighting for our rights at the UTWSD office where he openly welcomes drivers to stop by and find out how UTWSD can help you improve your working conditions.
Dr. Jesse Mills, Strategist
Dr. Jesse Mills is a professor at University of San Diego, a scholar, artist and activist. Jesse’s main research and fieldwork has been spent examining nonprofit structures of refuge, cultural politics, and youth organizing, with new directions including comparative study in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Dr. Mills serves as strategist for UTWSD and his dedication to helping others is extraordinary. Jesse has been with the UTWSD since day one and has been a part of the struggle through the years so much so that we call him Brother.