This event is the second Open Session of the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program
Artwork above by Annie Morgan Banks
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 32 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the co-executive director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN, the first Black woman to serve in that position. She has served in positions of leadership for many organizations including being the past president of the Black Affairs Association at East Tennessee State University and the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in African and African American History. She has extensive experience with community organizing and is a former staff member of the Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project, and a past member of the United Students Against Sweatshops National Coordinating, Political Education and Collective Liberation Committees.
Additionally she is a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has served on the National Council of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. She is also an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives. Ash-Lee is an active participant on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly, organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice (Chattanooga, TN) and a member and former regional organizer at Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide.
Pierre Labossiere is a Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee (HAC), a Bay Area-based network of activists who have supported the Haitian struggle for democracy since 1991. Members foster extensive contacts with the grassroots movement in Haiti and work to promote international solidarity. He was born in Haiti and has been active in the struggle for justice since his teen years.
Pierre also co-founded the Bay Area Haitian-American Council (BAHACO) in 1990 to disseminate information about Haiti and seek support for community-based initiatives and other emerging institutions engaged in rebuilding the country. He is a Board member of Global Exchange, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund and Ecumenical Peace Institute.
Kamau Walton is the Communications Associate at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). They are a queer, gender non-conforming Prison Industrial Complex abolitionist. Kamau has been a member of Critical Resistance since 2010 and been part of campaigns to stop gang injunctions, fight jail expansion, end solitary confinement & put an end to police militarization. They have also been a part of several Black organizing formations including the Black Lives Matter Bay Area Chapter
Save the date now for our third Open Session
Saturday, May 26th
*The Anne Braden program is an intensive organizing training to develop white anti-racist leadership to build support for racial justice and help build powerful multiracial movements for collective liberation. 50 activists from all over the country are coming to Oakland to participate in the 2018 training. Open sessions provide an opportunity for all members of the community to dig into these political questions with us.