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Breaking the Silence -- On Our Culture of Violence
On the anniversary of his historic Riverside Church speech in 1967…
Join us for a conversation on Dr. King’s call for a radical revolution in values against racism, militarism and materialism.
What does this revolution look like today?
Tues. April 4, 2023, 7pm ET
Medea Benjamin
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Loretta Ross
Rev. Alba Onofrio
PG Watkins

Apr 4, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Medea Benjamin
Co-Founder @CODEPINK
Medea Benjamin (CODEPINK) is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK. She is also co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange, the Peace in Ukraine Coalition, ACERE: The Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect, and the Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban Doctors Campaign. Medea has been an advocate for social justice for 50 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high-profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times.
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Co-Executive Director @Highlander Research & Education Center
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian) woman from the working class. Born and raised in Southeast Tennessee, she is the first Black woman to serve as Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. As a member of multiple leadership teams in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), Ash-Lee has thrown down on the Vision for Black Lives and the BREATHE Act. Ash-Lee has served on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly, the advisory committee of the National Bailout Collective, and is an active leader of The Frontline. She is a long-time activist who has done work in movements fighting for workers, for reproductive justice, for LGBTQUIA+ folks, for environmental justice, and more.
Loretta J. Ross
MacArthur Fellow @Smith College
Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College. She is an activist, public intellectual, and a scholar. Her passion is in innovating creative imagining about global human rights and social justice issues. As the third director of the first rape crisis center in the country in the 1970s, she helped launch the movement to end violence against women that has evolved into today’s #MeToo movement. She also founded the first center in the U.S. to innovate creative human rights education for all people so that social justice issues are more collaborative and less divisive. She has also deprogrammed members of hate groups leading to conceptualizing and writing the first book on “Calling In the Calling Out Culture” to transform how people can overcome political differences to use empathy and respect to guide difficult conversations.
Rev. Alba Onofrio
Spiritual Strategist @Soulforce
Rev. Alba (aka Reverend Sex) is a Southern Appalachian First-Gen Latinx Queer Evangelical Femme Resister who lives and loves in la Lucha with QTPOC folks as a Spiritual Healer and Bruja Troublemaker to subvert systems of domination, combat spiritual terrorism, reclaim the Divine and the erotic, and eradicate shame and fear wherever they are found. They hold a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, where their studies focused on the theologies of sex, embodiment of the Divine in the queer colonized body, and sexual ethics based in queer desire. Alba has also worked in the immigrants rights movement for over a decade, previously serving as the Executive Director of El Centro Hispano, the then-largest non-religiously affiliated grassroots community center in North Carolina. As the former spiritual strategist for Soulforce and co-founder of the Sexual Liberation Collective, Reverend Sex continues to work for Queer Liberation all over the place.
PG Watkins
Program Manager @BlackOUT Collective
PG is a facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant from Detroit. PG is an abolitionist who believes that a world is possible beyond jails, detention, surveillance, punitive punishment and advances these beliefs through organizing locally and as part of national networks. They are the Program Manager at BlackOUT Collective a part of the Center for Third World Organizing Hub and they train Black direct action practitioners, support the development of direct action strategy and coordinate a network of black direct action trainers and practitioners. They are a member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center.