Queaz is a 30yr old father of one (Jaylah) After being involved with the justice system for The majority of his life queaz decided to make a change within his self and now instead of taking it from the community his beers in less hours doing community work give back to the youth is a passion his!
JOSHUA EDWARD WRIGHT
Joshua spent 50 months imprisoned. During that time, they were able to accomplish such things as come up with the idea to co-found Liberation Literacy; name and co-create All Rise Magazine, and start the first Gender and Sexuality class in the Oregon Department of Corrections. They currently live in Portland and engage in writing as a means for change, education, and activism; focusing on social justice and prison abolition.
BEN JAMES HALL
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 be creating
GRACE HENNESSEY MCMICKENS
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.
NATASHA SANCHEZ PEREZ
I have been a social justice advocate since my early teens. As a person who identifies as a pansexual womxn with high masculine energy, Latinx diaspora generation of Incan and Boricua ancestors, I have a strong drive to unlearn colonial imperialism in every aspect of life. I am motivated to inspire our communities to reclaim ourselves and reconnect with our identities in order to heal our generational open wounds for the betterment of our futures and for the health of mother earth. Through my life experiences, academic and indigenous based education from primary sources of the Ecuadorian Amazon, I feel that I have intersectional knowledge that supports my passion. I have a BA in Sociology and a minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies. My dream is to abolish the prison industrial complex that was built to continue the slavery of our peoples, and to change the whole system of white supremacy ideals to a system of forgiveness, growth, trauma informed healing with nature based skills, and education. This would be in order to repair the injustices that many people face and to prevent the violence and surveillance that many of us live with. Love for ourselves and our communities can be a powerful thing.
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.
Community Builder Adviser
Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Guider
Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Caregiver
Roles: Builder, Weaver, & Caregiver
Henea Sadie De Savy
Roles: Caregiver & Visionary
Roles: Weaver, Builder, & Storyteller
Pronouns: Any pronouns
Roles: Builder & Weaver
Roles: Builder, Weaver, and Caregiver
Roles: Experimenter & Weaver
Pronouns: Any pronouns
Roles: Disruptor and Caregiver
Musonda Reuben Mwango
Roles: Visionary, Storyteller, & Guider