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Alfreda Barringer: E-Learning Coordinator and Consultant
“I am unashamedly a product of racially segregated school systems in North Carolina, except one year of forced busing for the sake of integration. When my daughter was twelve and facing a one-hour bus ride each day to attend her first year of junior high school, I shifted from leading Brownie troops and directing children’s plays to organizing neighbors to seek equality in our schools, neighborhoods, and city.”
Belma Gonzalez: Consultant and Certified Coach
“Like a lot of children raised by immigrant working class parents, I witnessed the daily sometimes nasty, sometimes dangerous injustices my parents tolerated to get food on the table and maintain a roof over our heads. This in combination with watching César Chávez and Dolores Huerta and other ‘60’s activists on TV and then participating in anti-war and reproductive justice activities awoke in me a life-long need to address the inequalities faced by so many in this most powerful and richest country in the world.”
Brigette Rouson: Consultant
"What fired me up about social justice as a young teen growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida was my curiosity about radicals, especially in the vein of Black liberation and feminism. I decided to go to the source- our local "Black militants". As a result, I found myself reading long handwritten letters sent from prisoners who were being abused by incarceration practices, including medical and psychological experiments. Some could not control their bodily functions. I also saw how people were being locked out of the voter registration and voting process. I knew something had to be done, and I had to be part of the solution."
Carol Cantwell: Consultant
"I’m proof that people can change and become part of the social justice movement. I voted for Reagan in my first election when I was 18. After a rough coming out experience in my twenties, I began to question a lot of what I learned growing up. The people who supported me then were all progressive politically. They were patient teachers of my budding social justice consciousness.”
Ellen Gurzinsky: Consultant
“I grew up as a jewish girl in lower Manhattan where my Dad had a neighborhood candy store. I saw the neighborhood gentrify and become the East Village and I became acutely aware of class and race differences at a very young age. In the summer of 1968 I turned that knowledge to activism against the Vietnam War and so it began…”
Elsa A. Ríos: Co-Director, Consultant and Certified Coach
“I remember being about 14 years old, forgetting my keys, and having to go for the first time to the factory where my mother worked as a seamstress. When I opened the door, I felt as though I had entered a Charles Dickens novel. The walls were made of cinderblocks covered in thick black soot, there was garbage strewn all over – it was really dismal. There were rows and rows of women crouched over sewing machines - you could sense their sadness, tiredness, hopelessness. I remember thinking this sure isn't the America I see on TV... my social consciousness was forged that day, and by the time I graduated high school, I was an organizer with the Puerto Rican Socialist Party.”
Emily Goldfarb: Co-Director and Consultant
“I grew up in a comfortable family and had many privileges that most people don’t have. When I attended a Quaker college, studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and majored in Latin American studies my perspective on the world and the role of the US changed dramatically. My work in the Central American solidarity movement in the 1980s, especially with Salvadoran refugees here and in El Salvador, re-focused my purpose entirely. My 20+ years in immigrant rights, among other issues, helped me find my current political purpose as a support to others “in the trenches” of justice work.”
Helen Kim: Consultant
“When I was twelve, our family emigrated from Korea and landed in the suburbs of Chicago. As the oldest daughter, I became the translator for my parents and advocate for my family. Later, I organized immigrant women workers, who in sweatshops and electronics assembly lines faced similar conditions my mom had endured. Now, I am blessed to be able to work with leaders and organizations that are committed to base-building and transformative change.”
James (Kim) Gilliam: Consultant
“The dawning of my social awareness was highlighted by the presence of armed national guardsmen on my college campus for two successive years. I have carried my passion for social justice throughout my career which began in the early 1970's as an Alinsky trained VISTA volunteer community organizer.”
Jen Soriano: Strategic Communications Coordinator and Consultant
“I am the granddaughter of a fish seller, a teacher, an uneducated textile vendor, and a WWII guerrilla fighter. I thank my ancestors for their legacy of survival and resistance, and dedicate my life to discovering new ways to bring the world closer to decolonization, peace and justice.”
Margi Clarke: Consultant
"I was raised in Washington D.C. in the late 60’s/early 70’s in my extended family where civil rights marches and peace rallies were regular outings. At age 21, I was lucky to get a paid organizing job in California that led me into a decade and a half working closely with the FMLN and civilian opposition groups in El Salvador -- leading delegations to the war zones, organizing against U.S. military intervention, raising funds and supporting cooperative agriculture throughout Central America. From the early lesson that dissent and solidarity were normal, over time I learned how people’s movements have the power to affect national and international events. My work is guided by those powerful feelings of unity in action, and lessons-learned across generations, across borders and across communities.”
Mary Ochs: Consultant
“My father died when I was very young and my working class family slipped into poverty. When my mother asked for help for my brother people came and searched our house and asked all sorts of personal questions. I got angry and wondered why they assumed we were bad people. My mom’s face often had a look of helplessness and powerlessness. That look propelled me to want to do something. I developed a lot of empathy and rage about injustices especially as the Civil Rights Movement unfolded. Later, I stumbled upon organizing and knew I had found something that really made sense; it helped transform me and others.”
Naomi Randolph: Consultant
Naomi A. Folami Randolph is a consultant and trainer in the areas of organizational development, program development, strategic planning, leadership development, community building and organizing, diversity, and organizational coaching.
Her experience as an employee, director, volunteer, and board member in the nonprofit sector inspired her to establish Insight Consulting Services. Insight was founded on the principles of helping organizations hold fast to their organizational vision in order to facilitate social change for our society as a whole.
Over the past 20 years Ms. Randolph has had the opportunity to work with grassroots organizations, faith based groups, community development organizations, small businesses, corporations, and local, state, and federal government entities, and she has worked with rural, urban, and international communities.
Ms. Randolph is also the founder I am Worthy Enterprises; an organization designed to celebrate, educate, heal, and affirm women. She believes that restoring the practices and wisdom of indigenous cultures will transform communities.
Naomi has been a faculty member at Duke University Nonprofit Management Institute and NeighborWorks America. She has also worked in Development for the Greensboro Leadership Development Council, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and the Department of Health and Human Resources. She is a Technologies of Participation (TOP) certified facilitator and has received numerous awards for her leadership skills and excellence in training.
Omisade Burney-Scott: Consultant
"I am a southern girl with an urban scent, so people often don't know what my deal is. Howard Thurman said that 'there is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself, and if you cannot hear it, you will, all days of your life, be on the ends of strings that someone else pulls'. I am seeking that genuineness in myself, in other people, in our communities... waiting, listening and doing."
Rebecca Johnson: Consultant
“I wanted to go south in 1963, to Alabama, to join the Civil Rights Movement. I was an 8-year-old Ohioan and my parents said no. I bided my time and at 15 joined a group of young people who helped close down Applecreek State Hospital at the dawn of the Deinstitutionalization Movement.”
Shiree Teng: Consultant
"When I first came to this country not speaking a word of English, I used to watch a lot of TV to learn English. One day on the 6 o'clock news, I saw a group of angry white parents throwing rocks at yellow school buses carrying small black children from Roxbury to South End; they called themselves BusStop. I knew then there was something very fundamentally wrong with this country."