In alphabetical order by first name:
Aftyn Behn, LMSW, as the Engagement Manager for the Tennessee Justice Center, connects TJC to advocates across the state by fostering relationships and increasing their commitment to improving health security for Tennesseans. With a particular focus on rural Tennessee, Aftyn utilizes a rights-based approach to engage communities so that they can take action to address their salient healthcare challenges. Before the Tennessee Justice Center, Aftyn worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Switzerland developing community-based protection policies for special interest refugee groups, which included improving healthcare accessibility. Aftyn received her MSW from the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work specializing in Community and Administrative Leadership and Disability Studies. Aftyn is from Knoxville and is a graduate from the Webb School of Knoxville.
Amber Khan, JD, Senior Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), is an experienced human rights advocate. She has represented clients in a variety of civil matters including family and immigration law, and worked in the field of international human rights. Ms. Khan received her undergraduate degree from American University, her Master's degree from Columbia University, and graduated from George Washington University Law School. Most recently, she served as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Family Representation in New York City.
Beth Foster is co-director of the Mercy Junction Justice & Peace Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mercy Junction is an interfaith congregation devoted to justice, peacemaking, equality and hospitality, and works from anarchist philosophies of mutual aid and non-hierarchy. As part of Mercy Junction’s principles, Beth and elders of Mercy Junction take an active role in organizing against and participating in non-violent, faith-based confrontation of white supremacists. In addition to her role at Mercy Junction, Beth is an English-as-a-second language teacher and spent 20 years as a newspaper manager, editor and reporter. She is also an animal rights activist, vegan educator and lives with several rescued dogs and cats.
Beth Joslin Roth is the Policy Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a gun violence prevention organization focused on reducing the number of Tennesseans injured and killed by guns through education and advocacy for evidenced-based policies and legislation. She is also the co-founder of the Children’s Firearms Safety Safety Alliance, a national organization of physicians, public health experts, and policy makers focused on raising awareness about responsible firearm storage and the need for state child access prevention and safe storage laws. As the vice chair of the Davidson County Party, she developed the “Good Trouble” training curriculum and has led a number of training workshops in middle Tennessee over the last year. She is also involved in the “We Are Watching” movement that tracks state legislation and encourages people to become engaged and informed in both federal and state policy making. Beth serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences and is a proud alumna.
Bill Freeman is a licensed mental health counselor at Smoky Mountain Counseling. He previously served as a county party chair in McMinn County and served the city of Etowah as chair of the 4th of July Celebration Committee. He is currently chairman of a very active, engaged, and visible McMinn Indivisible. In addition, he regularly writes for the Daily Post Athenian to educate community members about issues of concern and to offer a progressive perspective in an otherwise conservative evangelical region.
Brenda Gadd has been influencing public policy at the highest levels of state government and politics in Tennessee for more than 15 years, helping to shape legislative and budgetary outcomes as well as elections and advocacy campaigns. Her work has supported the goals of countless businesses and nonprofits and impacted the use of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Hancock & Gadd Public Strategies opened its doors for service this year as a minority and woman owned business focused on bringing this experience to nonprofits and socially conscious businesses. Having served as both a legislative liaison in the Governor’s administration and in numerous lobbying and public policy roles in the private sector, Brenda understands all facets of effective advocacy and organizing from developing grassroots support to leveraging grasstops outreach. From law school to being the first woman to manage a successful statewide judicial election, she has an affinity for social and criminal justice issues. She often conducts trainings and consults on lobbying, nonprofit advocacy and coalition building. Brenda serves on several statewide and local nonprofit boards, and she can be reached directly Brenda.A.Gadd@gmail.com.
Carrie Eisert is a researcher and human rights advocate working on sexual and reproductive rights. Currently a policy adviser for Amnesty International's Law and Policy Program, she is working on a project exploring the human rights impacts of laws and policies that criminalize key aspects of sexuality and reproduction. As part of this body of work, she published a report on laws criminalizing drug use during pregnancy and focused on Tennessee’s ‘fetal assault’ law. Prior to joining Amnesty International as an ACLS Public Fellow, she was a faculty member with IHP Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics, a global experiential education program. She has a PhD in History (History of Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies) and a fascination with the cultural history of pharmaceuticals.
Chris Sanders is executive director of Tennessee Equality Project, a statewide LGBTQ rights organization. He holds the M.Div. from Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville.
Dae Iddings is currently a freshman at Austin Peay, studying political science. She has been a part of many organizations, but is currently is a member of JUMP (Jovenes Unidos por Un Mejor Presente). She is also the chair of the GSA activist committee and a founding member of the Brentwood High School Feminist Club.
Dawn Deaner is the Metropolitan Public Defender for Nashville-Davidson County, a position she has held since 2008. Before becoming Public Defender, Dawn spent 11 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Nashville, and a year at the Metropolitan Department of Law. Dawn currently serves on the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Steering Committee, and the Executive and Steering Committees of the National Association for Public Defense. She is a member of the 2015 Leadership Nashville Class, the 2009 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class, and the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. In 2011, the TBA honored Dawn with its Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year award, and in 2012, Gideon’s Promise recognized Dawn’s work to improve indigent defense in the South with its Stephen B. Bright Award. Dawn earned a B.A. in English from Columbia College in 1993, and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1996.
Dawn Harrington is a formerly-incarcerated family advocate from Nashville, TN. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Industry Management and Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Technology from Bethel University. Dawn is currently a doctoral candidate in Public Policy. During her incarceration, Dawn was disturbed by the impact of incarceration on families, especially moms and kids, and inspired to make a difference upon her release. Today, Harrington is a Just Leadership USA 2017 fellow, advisory board member for Nashville Defenders and Unheard Voices Outreach, systems manager for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, and the executive director of Free Hearts, a nonprofit led by formerly incarcerated women that was created to reunite families and keep families together by providing support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration.
Dixon Irene is a talent acquisition consultant in Nashville, effectively leveraging human capital and supplanting diversity and inclusion efforts across multiple industries. Out of the office they spend their time volunteering and organizing with several racial justice organizations in Nashville including Workers’ Dignity, Justice 4 Jocques, and Showing Up for Racial Justice. They have worked on campaigns with SURJ for grassroots fundraising, long-term organizational strategy, coalition relationship building, and working for a future divested from police and the state and invested in black queer power. Dixon is white and transgender; their intersectional experiences across LGBTQ communities and communities of color drive their passion for organizing. They live happily with three cats in South Nashville.
Emery Hall is a senior at Dickson County High School in Dickson, Tennessee. As a member of Planned Parenthood’s PG-13 Players, they have facilitated conversations around sex education with other youth and adults working with youth across middle Tennessee. As one of Oasis Center’s Students of Stonewall, Emery also helped organize Nashville’s first LGBTQ+ youth summit earlier this year.
Eric Brown as one of the last natives still in Nashville, Eric is a mix of community connector, and strategic thinker. He is a Co-Director for Nashville’s New Leader’s Council. With a passion for the North Nashville community, he believes service is the rent we pay in being grateful for the life we live. Eric loves Nashville so much he intentionally partners with all groups of people to bridge the gaps of love, diversity, human equity, and dignity in the city. Even with a few degrees from American Baptist College and Vanderbilt University, Eric says his greatest education comes from the stories of those who persevered to make Nashville the great city it is. He believes one thing, “Life is a journey. Though one might be scared, allow the fear to push you forward instead of holding you back.”
Erica Perry works at the intersection of community organizing and lawyering. She is committed to working with other organizers and lawyers to weave together our dreams and visions of black liberation to create policies and transformative actions that get us closer to a world free from oppression and anti-blackness. Last June, Erica joined Law for Black Lives, a national network of over 3400 radical lawyers, law students, and legal workers of color committed to building the power of the large movement for Black Lives. Erica organizes with the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and Our Grass Our Roots to build community power and a more just Memphis. While in law school, Erica taught Street Law at local high schools, externed with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, clerked for the Memphis Housing Authority, and was a student attorney in the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic. In 2012, Erica graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in political science with concentrations in public administration and philosophy. She graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 2016.
Fran Linkin is the Senior Manager of Research, U.S. at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Fran joined the Center in 2014 and is responsible for ensuring that the Center’s U.S. policy, advocacy, and litigation work is informed and guided by relevant public health and social science research. In addition to tracking current research and trends, she provides research support on legislative and advocacy projects and serves as a point of contact between the Center and the broader research community. Fran comes to the Center with a background in both advocacy and public health research. She received her BA in women’s and global studies from the University of California and was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California for several years before pursuing a masters of public health in reproductive and family health at the Mailman School at Columbia University. During the course of her MPH studies, Fran consulted with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas in Austin to conduct qualitative research on barriers to reproductive health care in the state.
Gicola Lane serves as the Nashville Bail Reform Advocate for the Nashville Community Bail Fund. Gicola is a passionate community advocate and organizer. Prior to joining the Nashville Community Bail Fund, Gicola spent her time serving as a Family Resource Center Director. She worked tirelessly to build on the strengths of neighbors and address the needs of the neighborhood through a coordinated holistic approach to providing services and support to help build community. Gicola has also co-led Participatory Defense Nashville since January 2016, where she regularly meets with families and community members who are facing incarceration in order to transform the landscape of power in the court system. Gicola actively uses her voice to speak out about injustice, and she partners with other local and national social justice organizations to propel others into activism and leadership. Gicola was instrumental in forming the Justice for Jocques Coalition in February 2017, after Jocques Clemmons was killed running from a Metro Nashville police officer. Gicola drew her passion for Jocques and his family from her own family’s experience. Gicola’s uncle, Timothy Lane, was killed the exact same way as Jocques on December 17, 2000. Gicola and other community leaders are influential with the recent major push for police accountability and justice reform in Nashville. Gicola continues to carry all the vulnerable and unheard stories of injustice with her daily to fight for change. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.
Gwendolyn D. Clemons is a lifelong Memphian and is currently employed with Shelby County Government as a Supervisor in Counseling since 1996. Gwendolyn co-founded The Unleashed Voice Magazine (TUV), The Unleashed Voice Radio Show, and Relationship Unleashed a 501c3 nonprofit along with her Davin D. Clemons. Gwendolyn is an Elder-Elect at Cathedral Praise Church of Memphis, a motivational speaker, certified Behavioral Specialists, and Life Coach. Gwendolyn is married to Rashandra M. Campbell-Clemons and enjoys reading and living in her otherness.
Hayden Troup is a youth advocate and trans man from Nashville, focused on social and political action for all marginalized communities in Tennessee. In the past he has worked with Students of Stonewall at Oasis Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. He is currently a high school senior and will be heading to UT Chattanooga to study economics next fall.
Jane Seymour is a Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health. At Ibis she works on quantitative and qualitative projects focused on access to abortion and contraception. Previously, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania on studies related to the role of literacy as a social determinant of reproductive health outcomes, geographic access to primary and specialty care, and the dissemination of research to policymakers. Jane also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and worked with the National Nursing Centers Consortium where she provide technical assistance and training to Federally Qualified Health Centers that served residents of public housing. While living in Philadelphia, Jane was a handholder, patient escort, and member of the board at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania and she volunteered with the Women’s Medical Fund. Jane is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Haverford College.
Joyce Washington is a community organizer in rural north west TN working in the Weakley and Obion County areas. She worked on the Insure TN campaign, supports healthcare enrollment efforts, and is a former candidate for the Tennessee Senate.
Kelley Elliott, M.Ed., is the Statewide Civic Engagement Coordinator for CivicTN. Kelley is an experienced issue and advocacy organizer who has led multiple campaigns and coalitions doing work for international education, immigration, climate, education, health care, people with disabilities, child care, state, local, and national elections. In 2016, Kelley organized volunteers around the Presidential election with a focus on youth organizing & voter registration and turnout on college campuses and rural communities in Pennsylvania. Kelley received a B.S. from the Middle Tennessee State University in 1995, Masters of Education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2000 and lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband David, an attorney, and three children Jack(18), Atlee(12) and Elsie (10).
Loretta Ross (Keynote Speaker) is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. She is a nationally-recognized women's rights and human rights leader. Ross is the co-author (with Rickie Solinger) of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2016 University of California Press), a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Putting the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book and using a human rights analysis, Reproductive Justice provides an essential guide to understanding and mobilizing around women’s rights in a period in which women’s reproductive lives are imperiled.She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Ross serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection which also contains her personal archives. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.
Lyndsey Godwin is the Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. With an eye on intersections and multiple-issue lives, she works to connect academics, activist, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and educators in order to have deeper conversations and develop more impactful justice practices. While she primarily approaches her work looking at religion, gender, and sexuality first, she prioritizes community-based work that empowers youth, centralizes those most marginalized, and lifts up issues of racism, classism, and other forms of systematic oppression. She’s a queer, white, feminist sexuality educator, a youth volunteer in a Baptist church in the south, who is seeking to develop anti-racist practices and liberatory spaces that center engaged, shared learning. She served as the co-chair for the Adolescent Sexual Responsibility team of Alignment Nashville/MNPS 2011-2017.
Dr. Marisa Richmond is a member of the Metro Human Relations Commission, and the LGBT Advisory Board of the Democratic National Committee. Previously, she served many years as the President and Lobbyist for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition. She is a prolific author and speaker on transgender rights, and has served on many boards at the Local, State, and National levels. She has been recognized for her work with many awards. She has three degrees, all in U.S. History. Her A.B. is from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University. She currently teaches history and women’s and gender studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
Mary-Kathryn Harcombe grew up in Houston, Texas, but left as soon as she could. She attended college at Stanford University in California and law school at New York University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, California, and Oregon. In 2004, Mary-Kathryn came to Nashville to clerk for Judge Martha C. Daughtrey on the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mary-Kathryn has spent the past 10+ years at the Nashville Defenders Office. In that time, she has worked on almost every kind of case, ranging from driver’s licenses to death penalty. In 2014, Mary-Kathryn shifted focus to become the “immigration specialist” at Nashville Defenders. In that role, she created and now runs the Public Defender’s Office’s New Americans Project, which aims to improve criminal defense services for those who are non-citizens or new to this country. As part of this project, Mary-Kathryn works to prevent the negative immigration consequences that can arise from criminal charges. Although similar projects are common in other states, Nashville Defenders is the only public defense office in Tennessee to house an immigration specialist. Mary-Kathryn writes and presents frequently about the interaction between criminal and immigration law in Davidson County and Tennessee.
Mary Linden Salter, LCSW, is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services, an association of addiction and recovery support providers. Mary Linden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Tennessee since 1996. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to taking this position, she was the Director of Network Services for Behavioral Health for United Healthcare (UHC), and also was the Manager of a utilization review team for Magellan Behavioral Heath, both TennCare MCOs. She has also worked in several clinical programs in Tennessee including the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody at Vanderbilt and as the IOP Program Director for Centerstone. Prior to joining UHC, Mary Linden worked at the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations as the Director of Public Policy, where she was involved in statewide policy analysis and development as well as state legislative initiatives.
Max Carwile is a proud East Tennessean and received her B.A. in Women's Studies from East Tennessee State University in 2015. She works at Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee as the Tennessee Stories Project Coordinator (a project to decrease abortion stigma by uplifting the voices of those who have had abortions) and East Tennessee Organizer. Max realized what she wanted to do with her life through campus organizing around sex education, reproductive health access, sexual assault prevention and healing, suicide prevention, and abortion stigma. She is the co-founder of the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective and is a member of the Healthy and Free Tennessee Steering Committee.
Michael Coffey was born in Chattanooga and grew up in La Follette TN. He was the president of his campus' LGBT organization by his junior year and fought for the first non-discrimation clause on a State Board of Regents university. He spent seven years in San Diego being a Buddhist leader under the umbrella of the lay Buddhist organization SGI-USA. He currently resides in Athens, TN where he started the first PFLAG Chapter for the city of Athens.
Pamela Weston is a member of the Healthy and Free TN steering committee who lives in rural east TN. She was an OFA-TN lead for the Insure TN campaign, served on the Monroe County Health Council, is a former Tennessee House candidate, and is past president of a partisan women's organization in her county.
Poppy Liu is a queer first generation actress and founder of the storytelling initiative Collective Sex which seeks to "decolonize storytelling" by destigmatizing stories around sex, body, intimacy and identity. Poppy's short film, Names of Women, is based on her abortion story and has toured to film festivals and college campuses across the country. Collective Sex's most recent project is called Mercy, Mistress, a web series that examines the intersections of sex work, queerness and POC immigrant communities.
Ray Holloman is a rare breed these days by being a Nashville native. Living as a black transgender male has given him unique experiences of seeing multiple sides of a marginalized community. Ray is currently a Business Continuity Administrator for HCA Healthcare. He is a Metro Nashville Public School graduate and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Belmont University and a Masters in Information Security from Lipscomb University. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration at Tennessee Tech University. Ray also volunteers at John Overton High School by teaching student cybersecurity skills by being the technical mentor for the Cybersecurity Club.
Rebecca Terrell is a nationally respected leader and innovative thinker in health care and social justice with an outstanding track record in non-profit leadership and organizational development. She was hired as Director of the non-profit Memphis Center for Reproductive Health (now CHOICES.) in October 2009. She has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management in the arts and women’s issues, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. She served as Executive Director of the non-profit Florida Dance Association for 15 years, and as Assistant Director of the Center for
Research on Women at the University of Memphis for six years. Ms. Terrell was the recipient of the 2017 Award for Heroism by Women of Achievement in Shelby County. She served as the founding Chair of Healthy & Free Tennessee, a coalition building a statewide movement for sexual health and reproductive freedom.
Renée Burwell, LCSW, is a skilled psychotherapist with a specialization in sex therapy and education. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration of University of Southern California, and Post Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy and Education from the University of Michigan. Her practice, Pandora's Awakening, offers services and educational outreach to help destigmatize and provide access to mental and sexual health services. Renée is a contributing sex educator and writer for Bedroom Kandi, an intimate product line. She is a lead organizer for Nashville Alliance for Sexual Health and Sex Positive Nashville, and an active member of the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network.
Ronnie Pawelko is Elections Counsel for Alliance for Justice. She works with nonprofit organizations to help them understand the rules that govern their advocacy, lobbying and electoral activities so they can confidently and boldly advocate for social change. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State where she focused on reproductive health care policy and worked with New York’s Planned Parenthood affiliates to ensure their advocacy and political activities were conducted in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She also served as Treasurer for the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York PAC and the Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York Political Committee. Previously, Ronnie served as Health and Human Services Team Counsel for the New York State Senate and as staff attorney for the MergerWatch Project.
Sarah Johnston-Barnett is the Outreach Director, a Financial Co-Director, and a Clinic Liaison for the CHOICES Full Spectrum Doula Collective. They are trained as an abortion doula and a birth doula, and in the future would love to be trained to be a postpartum doula. Sarah is the Patient Care Coordinator, the Clinical Volunteer Coordinator, and a Patient Educator at CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health. Sarah is an active volunteer with and member of PERL (People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws), a member of a queer punk band in Memphis called Sweaters Together, and they love their dog Oliver.
Sarah McCall is a political consultant who has worked tirelessly to address the representation gap in our elected bodies at all levels of government. Sarah has dedicated her career to working to elect to office and develop the leadership potential of women, LGBT people, young people and people with disabilities by providing leaders and candidates the tools and skills they need to break barriers and win elections. Sarah is currently working with Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF) to expand the organization statewide and grow women’s political power across TN. Sarah’s past clients include Emerge Tennessee, Emerge America, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Sarah earned a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado and currently resides in West Nashville.
Tequila Johnson is the Co-Founder and Vice President of The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit that equips citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process. She is also the founder and CEO of TM Strategic Management Group, a local group that seeks to increase minority political involvement through strategic management practices, candidate development, data analysis, and field operations. In addition, she currently works in the Tennessee State University Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. In that role, she is responsible for connecting students, staff, and faculty to various outreach opportunities and managing service-learning initiatives. Tequila was recently honored as one of Nashville top 40 under 40, and is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Frontiers International and an assistant troupe leader for a local Girl Scouts Troop. When she’s not working, she enjoys singing in her church choir and spending time with her daughter.
Terri Lee-Johnson is founder and Executive Director of Birth Strides, Memphis' reproductive justice organization focused on providing no cost, community-based doulas and childbirth prep for Black mothers. Birth Strides was founded to meet the need for culturally relevant and accessible support and education for Black women. She has been a practicing doula and childbirth educator since 2012. Lee-Johnson has been a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2016. She is also pursuing the Certified Professional Midwife credential which will expand her services to include comprehensive prenatal care and home birth services.
Victoria Law is a freelance writer focusing on intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities, and the publisher of the zine Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison. Her forthcoming book, Your Home is Your Prison, examines ways in which popular alternatives to incarceration widen the carceral net. She is also the proud parent of a NYC high school student.
Walter Davis is a volunteer with the Tennessee Health Care Campaign after serving as its Executive Director during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Davis was previously Executive Director of the National Organizers Alliance in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, he worked for the Southern Empowerment Project based in Maryville, Tennessee training community organizers and leaders throughout the Southeast and Appalachia. Earlier this year, Davis was honored by Community Shares of Tennessee with its Danny Mayfield Champion of Change for a lifetime of service to social justice. Davis was a “popular educator” in Canada in development education. He also worked for every level of government in Canada from local municipalities to provincial and federal governments. He served in the Peace Corps in Colombia and was a recruiter/trainer in the Canadian peace corps CUSO. BA from University of Louisville (Kentucky Southern College).
Wesley Roberts teaches biology at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in Nashville where he also sponsors the Gay-Straight Alliance. He has been a strong advocate for sex education in the classroom throughout his career. He has twice been awarded the Planned Parenthood Family Life Educator award - once in 1998 and again in 2006. He proudly makes the claim that he has included human reproduction and sexuality in his curriculum every single year that he has been a teacher. This is his 38th year in the classroom.