Arely Zimmerman is professor of Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Mills College.
Amy has been working with her hands ever since adolescence when her father first drafted her to help make home repairs, tend the family garden and fix cars. She has worked in the building trades, mostly as an electrician, for 35 years. In the struggle to be accepted as a woman in a male-dominated field, Amy fell prey to believing in her own “exceptionalism,” but after some years she started to see and understand the pain of the separation she was making between herself and other women. She now adamantly believes that any women who wants to can be successful in the building trades. Further, she thinks that in many cases women are better at building than men, in that women tend to plan better and be more precise and thorough when organizing projects. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to volunteer some of her skills in the context of Frailty Myths workshops, and dreams about a day when gender just isn’t a thing…
Brianna Gibson is a loud queer Black girl from Prince George’s County, MD. She currently serves as the BYP100 National Organizing Co-Chair and is also a member of The BlackOUT Collective. She enjoys burgers, dancing, sarcasm, and scrolling Twitter and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Charles Long is a Chicago based artist, activist and Black liberationist. He has worked in communities across the United States with poor, disabled, young, LGBT, currently/formerly active drug users and formerly homeless folk. Helping efforts to bring their voices to the halls where decisions directly impacting them are made and lifting up their voices as the best decision makers. He has a strong belief in direct action as a means for achieving the long term goals associated with living in a world where the lives of all Black folk regardless of ability, class, gender or education are honored and one where we all have concrete avenues by which to thrive and grow. Charles has strong beliefs and ties within the environmental justice movement, as he believes we must maintain a direct relationship with the land in order to truly achieve any sense of freedom. Charles has worked in all realms of the social justice arena doing everything from; direct service provision, lobbying, development and communications and uses that background to inform his current movement work as well as his overall artistic practice.
A queer from so called Dominican Republic raised in NYC. I’ll sew deeper pockets into your pants/dress/shirt if you ask.
Devon Fryer has nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and outreach for causes ranging in size from local grassroots movements to international campaigns. Both her professional work and personal passions center around human rights and the environment, with a specific focus on where the two intersect. An Oakland native raised by and with strong women and girls, Devon attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied engineering and earned her degree in Networks and Digital Technology before going on to pursue her nonprofit career in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. In her spare time, Devon enjoys hands-on creative projects–from making jewelry and cooking meals grown in her garden, to refinishing antique furniture and executing home renovation projects.
Harmony Lambert (Chumash Nation) is originally from Shasta in occupied Winnemem Wintu territory of Northern California, and now lives on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land in Oakland, CA where she works as action team staff for Greenpeace USA. Environmentalism has been part and parcel of Harmony’s life growing up, and her mother brought her into the world of activism while she was still young as a duty and responsibility to those who came before her and those who will come after her. Harmony’s activism focuses on indigenous rights and sovereignty and their intersection with the environmental movement. She is part of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3) where she sits on the Advisory Council, and is also a network member of The Ruckus Society. Harmony is a non-violent direct action and climb trainer, and is dedicated to spreading these skills widely to Indian Country, the environmental movement, and folks committed to social justice. Also a commercial pilot, Harmony flies hot air balloons and thermal airships, including Greenpeace’s One World Balloon and the A.E. Bates Airship. In her free time, Harmony enjoys getting out in nature to remind herself that she is intrinsically part of it, dabbling in art, baking, rebuilding/renovating a vintage 1962 13′ Traveleze camper, and calling out white cis heteronormativity and toxic masculinity on a daily basis.
Katie Loncke is a Co-Director with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, a national and trans-national organization connecting spirituality and social justice.
I’m a gender nonconforming parent and social activist. I currently work with the abolitionist group Black Lives Matter in my hometown of Sacramento, CA. I focus on the chapter’s art and music strategy as well as support with its communications.
LINDA CAPATO JR
Linda Capato Jr is a 10 year organizing vet focused in movement building and justice. They learned woodworking from their dad after begging to receive a “Billy Builder” tool kit for Christmas. Linda spends time tinkering with computers, wood, and dismantling patriarchy.
Lona was born in Assam, India and came to the United States at age 4. She has overcome significant adversity and is now a champion for woman who are victims of domestic violence. Lona leads an IT optimization team of 12 at the University of California San Francisco. Through her work she has become an expert in time and task management. Lona seeks to help other women take control of their lives and achieve the goals they have set through positive psychology and use of project management tools. Lona’s greatest passion is art. She enjoys painting meaningful pieces and writing about them. She likes combining her zeal for painting and her enthusiasm for hiking by showcasing her art in nature. You can see her work at www.lonalaughhunnart.com. Her Instagram handle is @Lonalaughhunnart.
Nadia is a co-owner at Design Action Collective, and a trainer with The Ruckus Society and the Center for Story-based Strategy. She has been on the board for San Francisco Women Against Rape, and organized with Asians 4 Black Lives since the first action shutting down Oakland Police Dept. Nadia also makes mosaics for fun and meditation. The Sierras are one of her most favorite places on earth and is down to go camping there anytime.
Nancy is the daughter of a carpenter and has more power tools than anyone she’s ever dated. When she is not working or painting she likes to fix vintage road bikes and ride them or climb big things and rappel off them. Nancy, spent 20 years of her life incorporating public arts into Bay Area movements for social justice. She is a member of the Trust Your Struggle Artist Collective, a group of artivists who use visuals as tools for storytelling and creative documentation of working class fights for social and environmental justice. She teaches art at June Jordan High School for Social Equity and has worked Precita Eyes and Estria Foundation for urban public arts. She coordinated an international mural series dedicated to local water conditions called #Water Writes that mobilized graffiti artists and street muralists to utilize their art forms to address current environmental and social issues. Nancy is an avid bike rider and co-founded a bike co-op called “Bicis Del Pueblo” that refurbishes and distributes bicycles to families of color. They host bike mechanic workshops with the concept of “Each One Teach One” that have trained hundreds in how to repair and ride bikes. She runs outdoor education summer camps for youth in the Mission District and San Francisco aged 6-18 that teach gardening, camping, biking, soccer, and arts. She is a trainer with the Indigenous People’s Power project, where she teaches non-violent civil disobedience and tactics of creative protest.
Sagnicthe Salazar is a first generation undocumented migrant Xicana from East Oakland by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is a grassroot organizer and educator who has dedicated the last 18 years of his life to organizing for cultural, educational, work and human rights of Raza communities and communities through out. He organizes with Xicana Moratorium Coalition developing Xicana change agents and building with different communities through various coalition work. He was the Dean of Restorative Discipline and School Culture at Castlemont High School and now the Director of Restorative Discipline at Elmhurts Community Prep in East Oakland.
VICTORIA PHILLIPS (MS. V)
Victoria Phillips (Ms. V) is a brain surgery survivor, social justice activist, local and national community organizer, mental health professional, and facilitator with 20 years of direct experience in the fields of medical, mental health and criminal justice. She serves on the Adolescent Advisory Board for the NYC Department of Corrections and is an active member of the Jails Action Coalition (JAC). Her propensity for advocacy, nation- building, and wellness, began in the late 1990’s when her dying foster mother challenged her to elevate social responsibility within the community. Through volunteer initiatives and social issues from dating violence to police brutality, Ms. V tackled the connection between home life, education and community. Currently she is the Community, Health, and Justice Organizer, for the Mental Health Project (MHP) at the Urban Justice Center, with advocating responsibilities for the current or formerly incarcerated and those with a mental health diagnoses. She has led civil rights actions across the nation. From standing at home in NYC with former political prisoners such as Seuko Odinga, to organizing groups and direct actions with Dr. Cornel West in Ferguson and beyond. She has assisted to raise funding for families and communities impacted from natural disasters, police brutality, broken windows policing, homelessness or just lacking in resources.