Organizing for health and justice through performance and community collaboration.

Advocacy

Forward Together and Act Against Coal Ash Oral History Interviews and Civil Rights Documentation Initiative with Walnut Tree/Walnut Cove Residents (2015-2016), including performance research and advocacy collaboration in prayer vigils, press events

Presentation of research and collaborative planning/organizing with residents for their presentations at U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing (2016) in Walnut Cove, NC on "Coal Ash Disposal: Health and Environmental Issues." 

Creative Resistance: Fighting Toxins + Fossil Fuels with Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler, panel with NC leaders from low-income and communities of color affected by coal ash waste and pipelines (core planning team)

Health Justice / Environmental Justice Sit-In (Film of Speeches in State Capitol, 2014) -- With Forward Together / Moral Mondays NC movement (poetry @min 31 dedicated to Barbara Garlock, between Kriti & Sedrick's speeches). See in-depth coverage: 

Al-Jazeera America's Fault Lines Show, "The Coverage Gap", 25-min special on NC, TX, FL & Affordable Care Act, July 2014. Also NPR-WUNC, WRAL-TV, Story of America. Listen to McCrory 11 Audio dispatch (3 tenets for health of our people + land: Expand Medicaid, Ban Fracking, Clean Up Coal Ash).

Wake County School Diversity Initiatives Sit-In (Film, 2010) -- Board of Education (poetry "(White People): Why Are We So Afraid?" @min 38:40, see youth colleague Sanyu's speech 34:10)

 

Projects

Breast Cancer ActionCommunity Leader for Change, NC (2014-ongoing)

WomenNC -- Advocacy Board (2014-15), raising a generation that honors women's human rights

Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS -- Co-Founded with Dr. Chuck Davis (2006, 2008 Exec. Dir. of Board, CAB Director 2009-12):

  • Region's best professional arts companies + community performers (international + local dance, spoken word, drum lines)
  • Gathering diverse audiences (200-800 yearly) for commissioned artworks on topics in "what's working in the global + local fight against HIV" in order to "create dialogue where it wouldn't be otherwise, and action where it needs to be now."
  • Health gala + volunteer/organizing fair with region's health, cultural, spiritual leaders following.
  • Raising funds annually for direct-service AIDS organizations in rural and urban NC and internationally (South and Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central and South America, and others).

UNC Center for AIDS Research (2009-2010) -- Liaison for Health, Faith, Arts Initiatives, including director/producer, script writer for "What is a CFAR?" film for NIH, and director of Voicing Wisdom Legislative and Community Action Project

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