Leadership

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Corita Brown

Corita Brown (she/her) is the fourth generation in her family organizing for racial and economic justice.  She is deeply grateful for her parents, grandparents  and great-grandparents who have taught her so much about resilience, courage, and the importance of showing up.  Corita has been involved in movement building work for over two decades and currently works as a facilitator, coach and consultant with organizations and leaders working for racial, economic and gender justice.

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Aleeze Arthur

Aleeze (she/her) is a native North Carolinian whose family has been farming and fishing in eastern NC since 1612, Knowing the importance for healthy soil, air, and water, Aleeze has witnessed first hand how environmental injustices overwhelmingly affect communities of color. This led to her heart work for environmental justice, and a career in clean energy. Aleeze first began community organizing with her father in 1976 and has never looked away from having a hard conversation about how easy it is to love one another. Aleeze is a staunch believer that our stories are integral for liberation and looks forward to hearing yours.

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Anice Schervish Chenault

Anice Schervish Chenault (she/her) is a white/arab policy practice MSW who calls Louisville, KY her home. She is proud to be a second-generation activist and social worker and she is mom to an incredible black/white/arab non-binary elementary school kid. She is passionate about social justice, creating community and authentic relationship. Her commitment to justice is rooted in liberation theology and Catholic Social Justice teaching. She began anti-racist organizing with Call to Action, a Catholic Church reform movement and has been in collaborative leadership of her local SURJ chapter since 2017. She is currently excited about bringing the Free Listening movement to yoga and mindfullness festivals and is studying to become a Movement Chaplain (and trying to figure out what that means.)

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B Loewe

B. Loewe is the director of On Point Studios, a virtual events and creative interventions shop that partners with social movement organizations to blend campaign strategy, story-telling, and digital mediums to make change.  Most recently, B. served as the Deputy Director of Distributed Organizing for The Frontline, a campaign of the Working Families Party and the Movement for Black Lives.  B. came into movement as a teen in the Maryland suburbs of DC when his older sister was politicized by meeting survivors of torture at the hands of the graduates of the US Government’s School of Americas.  Reading Howard Zinn at age 15 and learning “you can’t be neutral on a moving train,” hearing Archbishop Oscar Romero name “it is unjust to have more than you need when others have not enough,” and resonating with Che’s message that a revolutionary is motivated by love were world reshaping moments that reset the course of the past twenty+ years of his life.

B. came of age in the anti-globalization movement of the early 2000’s and the Cincinnati rebellion that took place after police there killed 19 year old Timothy Thomas in 2001. From 2003 to 2009, B organized with the Latino Union of Chicago. He first began supporting Puente in Arizona as the national organizer for the 2009 march against Arpaio and as a coordinator of the 2010 Summer of Human Rights after the passage of SB1070. He served as a national organizer for the US Social Forum in 2010. Then, as Communications Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, he spearheaded online/offline and distributed strategies with the #Not1More Deportation campaign. In 2015, B was one of the co-founders of Mijente and served as its communications director until 2017, leading communications for the Bazta Arpaio campaign and helping seed the new political home.  Since then he has helped launch a national network of asylum sponsors in collaboration with SURJ and NDWA in response to Trump’s xenophobia, collaborated with New Florida Majority to support the Andrew Gillum 2018 governors race in Florida, supported the Working Families United coalition of unions to pass the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and served as the campaign designer of #UUtheVote, the 2020 Unitarian Universalist voter engagement program.  Follow B at @whatbstandsfor on twitter.

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Carla F Wallace

Carla F Wallace (she/they) was born Louisville, Kentucky on Cherokee, Shawnee and Osage land. She grew up between a farm in Oldham County and in Amsterdam, Netherlands where her grandparents hid communists and others resisting the nazi occupation of Holland, under the floorboards. She grew up owning class with a fierce commit to class struggle from her mother’s working class side of the family. Carla’s activism includes anti imperialism and international solidarity work, including against the Occupation of Palestine, and organizing for affordable housing, against police violence and the KKK and electoral work as a way to build power for a people and earth first vision for change. Carla is a co founder of the Fairness Campaign (a struggle for queer liberation with a commit to centering racial justice, a co founder of SURJ and of Louisville SURJ. She finds family in her comrades and in beloved community.

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Caroline Picker

Caroline Picker (she/her) comes from Ashkenazi Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust and western European settlers who arrived in what is now the United States in the 1600s. As a white person with class privilege, she’s clear that none of us can truly live with safety and dignity unless all of us can, and our collective liberation requires building strong cross-class, multiracial movements led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and poor and working class people. She’s been active in racial justice, migrant justice, abolition, and queer liberation movements for many years and learned what organizing to win looks like from working alongside and learning from criminalized undocumented peoples’ movements in Arizona. She’s organized with SURJ chapters in Phoenix and Rhode Island and currently works as the Development Director at Unemployed Workers United. She lives in Southern Vermont on Abenaki land with her partner, kid, two cats, a dog, several old apple trees, and many wild turkeys.

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Chanelle Gallant

Chanelle Gallant (she/her) is the eldest daughter of a poor single mother and comes from a family that has been impacted by criminalization and incarceration. She is an author, activist and social movement strategist who has worked around sexuality, policing and racial justice for over two decades. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications and her first book Not Your Rescue Project: Migrant Sex Workers Fighting for Justice, (co-authored with Elene Lam) comes out in 2024 with Haymarket Books. Chanelle is on the national board for Showing Up For Racial Justice, the advisory boards of the Catalyst Project (Oakland) and Resource Movement (Toronto). She helped to found the first chapter of SURJ outside of the US and numerous sex worker organizations including the Migrant Sex Worker Project.

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Dahlia Ferlito

Dahlia Ferlito (they/them) is a white, queer, non-binary anti-racist organizer and co-founder of White People for Black Lives. They believe that white people are responsible for ending the white supremacist system. To do so, white people must: remain organized, challenge white silence about racism, work in solidarity with — and take the lead from — people of color-led movements, and acquire the skills needed to interrupt racism on all levels. They’re committed to continuous self-education and showing up in healthy ways without reproducing the harm of white supremacy in activist spaces. They grew up in a working class city outside of Boston, MA and currently live in Los Angeles. They have a mixed class background, grew up working class into adulthood, and now in middle class. Their writing can be found on Medium, KNOCK-LA and LA Progressive.

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Jes Kelley

Jes Kelley (she/her) has been shaped by many movements and experiences including getting to be a trainer with Dismantling Racism Works and leading political education for Resource Generation. She is a white Southerner from a working-class family who loves a good book and a bad joke. Jes is a birth worker, a mama, and a consultant supporting organizations and individuals to build strong cross class, antiracist practices.

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Kari Points

Kari Points is a white dyke who grew up working class in small-town Southern Indiana as a ward of the state and adoptee. Kari is a liberation facilitator, anti-racist genealogist, coach and political educator based in Durham, North Carolina. For 35 years, she’s organized for collective liberation grounded in shared interest. She took her organizing baby steps in Indiana around rural barriers to library access, state violence against families, and Christian supremacy. For five years at Ipas, she supported coalitions in Malawi, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to change colonial-era abortion laws and improve women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion care. Since 2017, she has co-led the organizing team We Are Finding Freedom, an experiential, somatics-based project that supports white women and genderqueers to work through our collective mess so we can stop colluding with white supremacy and patriarchy, show up better in multiracial movements, and love our white communities into a healthier future for all. Her passions include understanding the present by studying the past, learning languages, making her friends cackle, and living the lesbian dream by vacationing with her cat whenever possible.

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