Regina was born and raised in Chicago IL. An only child, going to her grandparent’s home in Lansing MI, particularly around Christmas, is especially memorable to her. She recalls the beauty of their home, and how much she appreciated the love and warmth of having her grandparents around.

Regina loves being able to advocate on behalf of people, and this shows up in so many aspects of her life. For over 25 years, she worked in the healthcare field, pre-certifying patients for radiology tests at UIC Medical Center, and serving the SEIU as an elected Union Steward,  executive board member & member of the contract negotiation team.  She also served as the co-chair of the Chicago Chapter of the Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) Now in her “retirement” Regina continues to be demonstrably passionate about fighting for other people’s rights as an active member of both MAMAS and CAARPR.  

Regina’s son is Tamon Russell, a survivor of Chicago police torture, and she has dedicated her life to bringing awareness to the injustice brought upon him. Tamon Russell was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder, after police ignored statements proving his alibi as well as witnesses who confirmed he was innocent. While in police custody, Tamon was punched in the face, was refused the right to an attorney, and interrogated for 19 hours without access to a restroom.  As of today, Tamon continues to be incarcerated as an innocent man at Hill Correctional Center.  Regina continues to stand up for her son and will not stop until he is released.

In addition to fighting for justice, Regina enjoys shopping and outdoor activities like bike riding and attending concerts in the park- especially if it’s a Jazz concert.  Regina also enjoys traveling and her favorite place to visit is Punta Cana.

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"I put my life, and my family’s life, on the line, to stand for what’s right! Despite what life has thrown at me, I’m still standing, stronger than I ever was!"
Regina Russell

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