At this day-long event we will:
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Oakland Sandbox Gathering (4.1.17) Participants
Genevieve Erin O'Brien
Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective and has worked for CFJ, APALA, UCLA Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program. She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Dept. of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest work More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels were recently commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She loves noodles, dumplings and unicorns.
H Kapp-Klote is a trainer and consultant with Social Movement Technologies.
Hannah grew up in Washington State and is delighted to have moved back after 8 years away. She learned a thirst for justice from her parents, a high school history teacher and a labor advocate. She has been training and organizing around social justice for nearly ten years, getting her start in student movements for universal health care and fossil fuel divestment. She has since worked with various organizations and campaigns to confront extractive systems and economies from the ground-up, and to move resources into institutions that regenerate life, health, and wealth in communities most impacted by that extraction. She currently works for and finds political home with the Center for Story-Based Strategy, and is moving into organizing work in logging country on the Washington coast.
Irene Rojas-Carroll is a multiracial Latinx queer organizer and artist who works professionally in communications in the Bay Area. Irene was born and raised in the East Bay and has organized for gender and racial justice since high school. In her spare time, she's participating in a yearlong herbalism and spiritual practice training, studying political strategy, and volunteering at urban farms in Richmond, CA. Irene is committed to growing our appetites for possibility!
Jess St. Louis
Jess St. Louis is the Communications Manager at the US Human Rights Network. She has spent over six years involved in LGBTQ liberation and anti-criminalization organizing in the US South, and lately coordinating communications strategies and tactics for the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), that works to build a powerful people-centered human rights movement in the US. She dreams of a world where we live free from interpersonal, systemic, and state violence and of movements that are powerful and expansive enough to bring it into being.
Mariana was born and grew up in the ironic Mexico City, and moved to Los Angeles in 2013. For the last years, she has developed and facilitated organizing trainings for grassroots organizations in Mexico and the U.S., organized to fight against the criminalization of immigrants and people of color, advocated for community solutions, supported Center for Story-based Strategy with narrative trainings, and worked on various imagination youth projects. Currently, she works for the Local Peace Economy project at CODEPINK, which mission is to create spaces and tools to divest from the war economy and build a just, peace economies locally. Mariana deeply believes and supports the collective-self-determination of communities. When she is not organizing, studying, or eating, she is usually climbing rocks.
Design Action (of which Nadia is one of the founding members) provides movements for social change with strategic visual communications. Nadia also is a member of the Ruckus Society, training in direct action and creative resistance.
Sabiha Basrai is a member of Design Action Collective — a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to serving social justice movements with art, graphic design, and web development. She is also Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia.
Saa'un P. Bell
Saa'un is the Statewide Communications Director for Californians for Justice- a racial and education justice organization. Grounded in her southern roots of Greenville Alabama and Eastern Samar, Saa’un is the oldest of six, of a serious, but comical, working class Black and Filipino immigrant family. In the multiverse of their life they are known as “The Botanist”. They spend their time fishing, writing fiction, talking existentialism, watching anime and making hats.