THE BOARD

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MICHAEL "BEATZILLA" WHITMORE

Treasurer

Singer, Song Writer, Show MC/Host, Self taught chef, Husband & Father, social activist.

IG: beatzillapdx

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SANOBA HAYES

Secretary

I am a wife a sister and a daughter of formerly incarcerated men. I have experienced the effects first hand of having a loved one in the system and making the transition out of the system. My desire is to assist and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

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BEN JAMES HALL

Former Board Member

Ben is from Portland and served 22 years in prison. He's an activist a writer and he believes strongly in world building as a means to tear down oppressive systems. He came out of prison awake. He is a prison abolitionist and believes building strong relationships where it is the intangibles that grow strong cracking the foundations of the prison.

In loving memory of our friend Ben Hall

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GRACE HENNESSEY MCMICKENS

Board Member

Grace was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Portland, Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark College where she majored in Sociology & Anthropology and minored in Gender Studies. She graduated in 2019 after completing a thesis entitled “Good Mothers & Others: Policing Marginalized Motherhoods in the Carceral State”.  Since 2016 Grace has worked closely with the grassroots organization Brown Girl Rise. As a volunteer, board member, and now program coordinator for BGR, she has developed a fierce commitment to youth and family advocacy especially for youth living in the intersections of multiple marginalized identities.

IG: @hummussofnewyork

ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS

Based on Deepa Iyer's MAPPING OUR ROLES IN A SOCIAL CHANGE ECOSYSTEM, each volunteer chose 2-3 roles to describe their part in Liberation Literacy.

Terrence Hayes

Community Builder Adviser

Pronouns: he/him/his

Sandy Hart

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Guider

Queaz Otti

Pronouns: he/him/his

Roles: Builder & Visionary

Natasha Sanchez Perez

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Caregiver

Annie Reynolds

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Caregiver

Simone Wood

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Roles: Builder, Weaver, & Caregiver

Henea Sadie De Savy

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Roles: Caregiver & Visionary

Abhi Rajshekar

Pronouns: he/him/his

Roles:  Weaver, Builder, & Storyteller

Maddox Zhang

Pronouns: Any pronouns

Roles: Builder & Weaver

Nick Hensel

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Roles: Builder, Weaver, and Caregiver 

Julie Oatfield

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Roles: Experimenter & Weaver

Aurianna Oricchio

Pronouns: Any pronouns

Role: Disruptor

Diane Keefauver

Pronouns: Comrade

Roles: Disruptor and Caregiver

Musonda Reuben Mwango

Pronouns: he/him/his

Roles: Visionary, Storyteller, & Guider