Antiracist Organizing Panel Series of the Florida Anne Braden Program

Join us for a 3-part panel series highlighting visionary organizers in Florida. At a time when fascism is on the rise in Florida, it can be hard to not feel hopeless, especially with so little information about the incredible resistance underway to fight the right and build toward our collective liberation. The online three-part Anti-Racist Organizing Series of the Florida Anne Braden Program will lift up incredible Florida based organizers working toward decolonization, Black liberation, reproductive justice and so much more! Let’s show up and move resources to these incredible organizations that are resisting fascist policies that the right is trying to spread across the country.

Visionary Organizers Fighting For:

DecolonizationBlack LiberationCollective Liberation
Thursday, 10/19 6pm ET/3pm PTThursday, 11/30 6pm ET/3pm PTSunday, 1/21/24 2:30 ET/11:30 PT
OnlineOnlineIn-person in Orlando and Online

Visionary Organizers Fighting for DECOLONIZATION – Thursday, October 19th at 6pm ET/5pm CT/4pm MT/3pm PT – Register HERE

Join us to hear from powerful Florida based organizers fighting for Decolonization! Indigenous people are leading and winning fights to protect people, the planet and what is sacred. Come listen to, learn from, and be inspired by visionaries who have been organizing at the forefront of movements from Turtle Island, to Haiti, to Palestine. Three brilliant community organizers will speak with us about the ongoing colonization of these places, and the politics and strategies of decolonial resistance. We will be joined by Houston R. Cypress (Otter Clan, Board member of Love The Everglades Movement), Tessa Petit (Co-Executive Director of Florida Immigrant Coalition) and Ahmad Abuznaid (Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights). Register at: ASL, Spanish language interpretation and live captioning will be available. This online panel is the first part of the three-part Anti-Racist Organizing Series of the Florida Anne Braden Program, an anti-racist training program for white organizers in Florida. Let’s show up and move resources to these incredible organizers based in such an important context where fascist policies are on the rise and being tested for the rest of the country. 



Rev. Houston R. Cypress (He / They) is an Indigiqueer & Two-Spirit Artist and Environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. He serves on the Miccosukee Tribe’s Everglades Advisory Committee, and also their Festival Committee.  They co-founded Love The Everglades Movement, an environmental nonprofit concerned with indigenous solidarity, action, art, and reciprocity with nature.  

Tessa Petit is the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, a statewide alliance of over 60 organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of immigrants and all. She resides in Miami-Dade County.Ahmad Abuznaid is the Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Prior to joining USCPR, Ahmad co-founded the Florida-based Dream Defenders after the killing of Trayvon Martin, and served as Legal & Policy Director and COO.

Visionary Organizers Fighting for BLACK LIBERATION – Thursday, November 30th at 6pm ET/5pm CT/4pm MT/3pm PT – Register HERE

The momentum, heart, and brilliance of Black liberation movements has been a catalyzing force for social justice here and internationally for centuries. In the last five years, the Movement for Black Lives has inspired an entire generation of activists to fight for a world where everyone has safety, dignity, power, and sustenance. Hear from Black movement leaders about their work and how to support projects building Black Liberation in our lifetimes: Jonel Edwards (Co-Executive Director of Dream Defenders), Janetta Johnson (Executive Director of Transgender, Gendervariant, Intersex Justice Project) and Dr. James T. Morris (Florida Council of Churches). Part two of the Anti-Racist Organizing Series of the 2023 Florida Anne Braden Program.



Rev. Dr. James Morris entered the Ministry in 1979. He has pastored in the states of Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri, and is currently the proud Pastor of the historic Carter Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Morris also serves as the president of the Florida Council of Churches.

Jonel Edwards is originally from Miramar, Florida by way of Jamaica. Over the past nine years Jonel has gone from campus member, organizer, youth organizer, Wildfire Project trainer, Training & Membership Development Director, to Co Executive Director for the Dream Defenders where she plays an important role in the evolution and strategy of the Dream Defenders organization. Janetta Johnson is an American transgender rights activist, human rights activist, prison abolitionist, and transgender woman. She is the CEO of the TGI Justice Project. She co-founded the non-profit TAJA’s Coalition in 2015. Johnson is a co-founder of The Transgender District, established in 2017. Johnson’s work is primarily concerned about the rights and safety of incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated transgender and gender-non-conforming people.

Visionary Organizers Fighting for COLLECTIVE LIBERATION – Sunday, January 21st, 2024 In-Person in Orlando and Live Streamed

Social movements are advancing transformative visions for a world beyond the convergent crises of our time. How can we respond to the impacts of climate catastrophe, pandemic, capitalism, and white supremacy, while also shaping the wins that will be possible in the future? Join us on January 21st to hear from incredible leaders about what strategies our movements need now to build the world we long for. What are the visions of the world we are fighting for, and what are the strategies that can get us there? Part three of the Anti-Racist Organizing Series for the 2023 Florida Anne Braden Program.  Speakers and registration link to come!


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