Black Liberation Across Geographies

Black Liberation Across Geographies

Saturday, April 14th, 1:00-3:30
1721 Broadway, Oakland

Join us to hear three community leaders share about their work and about how we can actively support projects building Black Liberation in Appalachia, Haiti and the Bay Area.

  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of Highlander Center, a beloved radical movement center dedicated to developing grassroots leaders in Appalachia and the South.
  • Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of Haiti Action Committee, is one of the most respected voices on the Haitian grassroots struggle for liberation and self-determination.
  • Kamau Walton, Communications Associate at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), is a local leader in movements to abolish imprisonment and policing and build community self-determination.


  • Sliding scale donation of $0-$15 suggested.
  • Childcare available (please RSVP to by Tuesday April 10th)
  • This event is wheelchair accessible
  • We will be providing projected live transcription
  • We may livestream the event, stay tuned for info
  • Please email us at by Tuesday, April 10th, to request ASL interpretation, language translation, or with other access needs.
  • This will be a reduced-scent space and there will be fragrance-free seating area. Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved community members with chemical injuries and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. Please prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance-free, non-toxic products. For more info on what this means, visithere.

This event is the second Open Session of the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program

Artwork above by Annie Morgan Banks
Panelist Bios:

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

Visionary Politics

*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.