Harm & Accountability
Join us on July 8th for an enlightening conversation on harm and accountability within organizing. How does ego, shame and belonging affect our ability to lead, organize and be in community with one another. How are we engaging in conflict resolution? What are our values and how are we practicing them? New book "Rise Up: Harm and Accountability Within Organizing will be available.
Rise Up: Harm, Conflict & Accountability
This Zine was developed as a part of a series of workshops, discussions and relationships built around the issues of
conflict, harm, and accountability within organizing. With this Zine, we want to add to the momentum around elevating how we practice conflict resolution and accountability. Those things that pain us provide us with opportunities to expand our consciousness and level up our skill sets. The goal for this Zine and supporting materials is:
• Support those who have been harmed.
• Support those who have done harm and are interested in
evaluating and elevating their own practice of accountability.
• Prevent or lessen future harm by elevating our awareness and skills.
Organizing is sacred. Organizing is a vehicle to drive change.
Organizing is a powerful tool of liberation and when power is
in the hands of someone who lacks understanding and wisdom, harm is inevitable.
Meet the Contributers
Author, Artist, Speaker, Healer and Organizer
Ayanna Molina has been active in her community for over 20 years. As a licensed professional mental health therapist, Ayanna has provided one-on-one counseling services, group counseling, as well as workshops on healing, mental/social/emotional/behavioral wellness and self-care for people of color coping with complex trauma resulting from systemic oppression. As the founder of True Love Movement, a Black woman owned and operated wellness company, Check truelovemovement.com for books, music, new projects and ways to support.
Minister, Husband, Father, Teacher
Student Minister Brother Willie
Brother Willie Muhammad is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Walter L. Cohen High School and Xavier University. He is a teacher in the New Orleans and was approved in 2003 by
the Honorable Louis Farrakhan to serve as the Student Minister of Muhammad Mosque #46. Brother Muhammad worked as a mentor for young Black males, working to acquire their GED. In 2014 he was one of the organizers for the New Orleans Man Up March, where 800 plus Black men showed up to get involved in efforts to improve their community. In 2009, he helped to establish the New Orleans chapter of the Peace Keepers, a group of men who canvass the neighborhoods in the city squashing “street beefs”. This conflict resolution initiative has helped to save several lives and prevent senseless physical altercations. Several years ago the group’s effort were honored by the New Orleans City Council.
Activist, Servant Leader, and Entrepreneur
Chanaejackson.com Chanae earned the title of The Accidental Act-ivist in 2018, when her 18-year-old son was stopped by police officers in Alachua County for driving while Black. He was detained without cause. She sounded the injustice alarm, and all charges were dropped. She serves her comm-unity as a co-founder of the Black Parent Support Network and Gainesville Raise up. Her mission is to bring awareness to current social issues, address gaps in services, and work to off-er fresh solutions for the existing social issues. Visit the website To purchase Chanae’s book Yea, I Said It, I Don’t Give A Damn: Addressing Dis-parity, Allegiances, Mindsets and the N-Words.
Is a proud Chinese woman, revolutionary socialist organizer, hospitality worker, and artist. I currently lived in Bulbancha (New Orleans) for seven years and has recently moved back to her hometown in the unceded territory of the Ohlone peoples (San Francisco), where she is now organizing for immigrant rights. She believes in the power of the global working class to abolish all systems of exploitation and oppression and build a new, liberated world. She holds a revolutionary optimism that we will be able to transform ourselves and our movements in ways that will sustain us and nourish us on this path to liberation. Onward ever!
Robert "Kool Black" Horton
Organizer Native to New Orleans, I’ve been helping to bring people together across class and race lines for the purpose of sharing information and securing access to institutional resources since 1994. My primary area of work has been the African-American community. I have worked with Black men in the areas of
fatherhood, sexism, pre-employment job training, and youth leadership development. I’ve worked as Co-founder of Black Men United for Change, Justice and Equity, The People Youth Agenda, and The People’s Youth Freedom School. Nationally I’ve worked as Campaigns and Projects Director for Critical Resistance, Program Coordinator for Cease-Fire. Today I am planning to return to Ghana, Africa to continue follow-up work on a documentary film, that I’m currently writing, producing, and directing. My educational background is Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), and Cincinnati College,
Cincinnati, Ohio. I am the Founder and Facilitator of Grassroots Organizing
101 “Back To Basics”.
Mwende "Free Quency" Katwiwa
www.freequencyspeaks.com | storyteller, speaker, workshop leader and performance artist, FreeQuency is a gender renegade & shoga Kenyan migrant who self identifies as masculine off center, femme adjacent, an AunTea and/or a prettyboi. FreeQuency’s work interrogates and occupies the in between spaces of gender & geography while exploring the mundane nuances and stark contradictions of everyday existence. This humanoid has been featured in or written for The Independent, the New York Times, OkayAfrica, Upworthy, TEDx, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets, and has a TED talk with nearly 1 million views that almost didn't get released.
Writer, and Community Builder
(she/her) works with groups to steward processes that map ways toward collective visions. She is a writer, grassroots literary in- structor, and community builder with twenty years of experience in justice or- ganizing, human services, organizational infrastructure development, and engag- ing collective learning through a popular education praxis. Shana has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor's degree in Critical Race, Class, and Gender studies from Goddard College. Shana’s work complicates the false binary between victim and offender in intra-community conflict and violence; treats wounds as sites for transformation; interrogates the construction and perpetuation of whiteness, and engages rituals of ceremony in the ordinary and extraordinary movements of everyday life.
Poet, Essayist and Scholar
Affectionately known as Momma Nikki, she is a 2008 graduate of Southern University at New Orleans, where she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in English and History. She is a renown New Orleans poet, and has served as a panelist and presenter on numerous education, health, and women's conferences. In her role as a creative writer and poet, Nikkisha has worked collaboratively with youth organizations in New Orleans, addressing the issues of social justice, sexual health, culture, gun violence, and women's rights. Nikkisha is a lifelong writer, and has been in- strumental in utilizing her poetic gifts to create healing circles for young women and youth, helping them to amplify their voices through spoken word. Nikkisha is notable for her playful and whimsical colorful poems, weaving in the beauty of New Orleans culture.
is a 1st nations/Black Queer radical dreamer who
is committed to weaving the Strength of their community into sustainable social change. A Founding member of Black Youth Project 100 New Orleans, Key has spent the past 19 years fighting for Queer, Youth, Educational, Housing, Imm- igrant and Racial Justice. Key’s lived experience as a low income, queer person of color has fueled their desire to educate and move always towards a more equitable reality. Key has co-founded multiple youth centered initiatives and has provided formal as well as informal trainings to hundreds of youth, organizations and co- mmunities across the nation. Key resides in Atlanta, GA with their dog thunder and cat Benkole.
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Entrepreneur, Artist, Producer, Birth Doula, Professor & Priestess of Light
Nana Sula Spirit
She was initiated in Ghana, West Africa as a traditional healer in 2007 and has studied African SpiritualT raditions since 1985. In 2014, She authored and produced the Book & CD Project entitled Spirit of the Orisha – a Yoruba Song preservation project. Sula is the former Professor of Sacred Music at the Ifa University in Washington, D.C. and is founding Priestess of the Temple of Light Ile de Coin-Coin - a Temple of power for the elevation of souls located in the Musicians Village. Sula holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in African Studies and English Literature from Rutgers University in New Jersey (1994). She has traveled throughout Africa and the Caribbean and has been a volunteer with Operation Crossroads Africa participating in community development projects on the Continent since 1991. email@example.com (504) 251-4702
FB: Temple of Light - Ile’ de Coin-Coin & Sula Spirit
Toya Lovevolution Ex
an extremely proud New Orleans
native, born and raised in the Calliope Projects. Toya experienced and survived Hurricane Katrina during her senior year of high school. After Katrina, while in college (SUNO), she became a member, and organizer with Stand with Dignity where she led Stand With Dignity by building grassroots power of directly impact- ed people to expose and dismantle structural exclusion and exploitation by moving strategic policy changes. Toya demands full and fair existence for Black Brown and Indigenous New Orleanians. Toya, has organized to win many policy changes, that includes a revised criminal background policy for the Housing Authority of New Orleans and a Living Wage Policy for city contract workers. Toya is now leading Project Hustle in making more space for a safe existence for Hustlers/Informal Black, Brown and Indigenous workers. Toya is a community organizer, strategic power builder and overall advocate for an equitable harm reductive humanity.
Historian, Tour Guide, Designer and Educator
Robin Bo Eun McDowell
She lived in Bulbancha (New Orleans) for over a decade, organizing with grass- roots community coalitions and leading walking tours that shed light on stories of African and African American resistance that the whitewashed, colonized tourism industry submerges for profit. She recently moved to the unceded territory of the Illini peoples (St. Louis), where she teaches classes on the roots of environmental racism in the Mississippi River Valley.