This is a list of primarily Black, Indigenous, POC, or LGBTQI educators, researchers, artists, activists, causes, and campaigns that inform my social justice work.
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Educators & Activists
A public academic, writer and lecturer, Rachel Cargle’s platform includes resources such as: The Great Unlearn, a monthly learning collective; The Loveland Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to healing communities of color; and Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre, a literary source for marginalized voices.
Layla F. Saad
Layla F. Saad is an educator and author of Me and White Supremacy and the Good Ancestor Podcast. Layla’s work focuses on “unapologetically confronting the oppressive systems of white supremacy and patriarchy, while offering important teachings and tools for transforming consciousness, cultivating personal anti-racism practice and taking responsibility for our individual and collective healing.”
Educator, school leader, and leadership coach working with storytelling, relationships, and race.
Activist and sex educator providing resources on gender and racial and social justice.
Constanza Eliana Chinea
Yoga instructor and educator centering social justice in wellness.
“Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press.”
Alexis Williams developed the BLM National Resource and Education Tool (pb-resources.com), a database of resources “In honor of all those who have lost their lives at the hands of white supremacy, police brutality, and injustice.”
“Pb-Resources is built by Alexis Williams, a 19 year old Computer Science major at New York University. She is an African American and Latina coder committed to seeing change through action.”
April D. Ryan
“Mother, White House Correspondent, CNN Political Analyst, D.C. Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks, author, and speaker”
Adrienne Marie Brown
Poet, artist, activist, speaker
“i am about radical love, actions speaking louder than words, and communication as a point of evolution. this is a space for my writing, songs, poems, experiences, a-ha moments, and documented life – my Fantastic Life. welcome.”
Originator of such helpful educational tools as “7 Circles of Whiteness” and a co-founder of the the #amplifymelanatedvoices challenge.
“Professionally she is a full-time psychotherapist and has experience with individual, group, and couples therapy. The intention within her professional work is to join with you in your journey towards healing and self-reclamation. She center the intersectional narratives of Black and Brown folks experiencing mental and emotional distress. She also specializes in working with folks living with eating disorders and upholds the values of body justice and fat liberation within Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC). Her passion areas include Anti-Racism, Racial Healing, and Mental Decolonization, and she has been recognized as a major contributor to the field of Black Mental Health in publications such as Bustle.”
“Kimberlé Crenshaw is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She is the Promise Institute Professor at UCLA Law School and the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor at Columbia Law School. She is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “Critical Race Theory,” and the #SayHerName Campaign, and is the host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters!, a columnist for The New Republic, and the moderator of the widely impactful webinar series Under The Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that the Twin Pandemics Lay Bare. She is one of the most cited scholars in the history of the law, and was named Ms. magazine’s “No. 1 Most Inspiring Feminist,” honored as one of the ten most important thinkers in the world by Prospect Magazine, and included in Ebony’s “Power 100” issue.”
“A multi-passionate leader focused on dismantling the belief that we should not all be fighting for racial equity in all spaces, both personally and professionally. I’m committed to help individuals at all levels and industries build an equity-centered mindset, recognize the power you have to create change no matter what your role is, and use the two to disrupt inequitable systems at the individual and organizational level.”
Imani Barbarin aka @crutches_and_spice
“A graduate of Eastern University with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in French from the Sorbonne, Imani Barbarin writes from the perspective of a black woman with Cerebral Palsy. She specializes in blogging, science fiction and memoir.”
“Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for the multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current, critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date.“
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross is an American actress, director, and activist, best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series Girlfriends and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish.
Hippy Potter is the working alias for Thaddeus Coates New York City based designer specializing in illustration and motion design.
Artist Amelia James: I’m a “heart-ist.” Every time a new piece is created, it’s made with the purpose to inspire, to love, and to encourage yourself and others. They’re visual feel goods. Hearts are found on the foreheads of all people and animals as a reminder to think and act in a loving way. What’s love got to do with it? Everything. This is how we save our world!
Jari Jones: actress/model/creative/activist
Kimberly Drew: author/art lover/fashion person
Sassy Latte: political creative
Padma Lakshmi: food expert / actress / model / author
“Mission – Pioneer a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.”
The Red Nation
“The Red Nation is dedicated to the liberation of Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism. We center Native political agendas and struggles through direct action, advocacy, mobilization, and education.”
In Plain Sight / XMAP
“A coalition of 80 artists united to create an artwork dedicated to the abolition of immigrant detention and the United States culture of incarceration.”
Poor People’s Campaign
“In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign.”
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
American Civil Liberties Union
“a nonprofit designed to increase the visibility of Natives in American society”
The Okra Project
“The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.”