THE BOARD

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QUEAZ OTTI

Board President

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!

IG: misfit_otti

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MICHAEL "BEATZILLA" WHITMORE

Treasurer

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

IG: beatzillapdx

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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JOSHUA EDWARD WRIGHT

Board Member

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.

FB: @joshua.edward.wright

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BEN JAMES HALL

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 be creating

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

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NATASHA SANCHEZ PEREZ

Board Member

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.

IG: @tucha_7

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

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