[This podcast graphic uses modified images of: Alice Walker from The American Library Association, Angela Davis from Columbia GSAPP, Audre Lorde from Esla Dorfman, bell hooks from Alex Lozupone (Tduk), Grace Lee Boggs from Kyle McDonald, Ida B Wells: Public Domain, Patricia Hill Collins from Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil, Sojourner Truth: Public Domain, Yuri Kochiyama from Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center.]
Last month, LEAP launched the “Leadership Moves” podcast and this month we’ve released our first episode, Honoring Activist Ancestors and Leaving your Own Legacy with Tonjie Reese. We spoke with Tonjie about the influence of activist ancestors, like Pat Parker, Audre Lorde, and Ida B. Wells and how she infuses their work into eleven-24
, the organization she founded.
Starting your non-profit organization can be both intimidating and liberating. Tonjie demystifies this process by sharing her preliminary doubts and what it has been like to identify funding that aligns with her organizational values. To honor our activist ancestors, we also discussed the importance of rest and how we challenge white supremacy culture in our organizations and in ourselves.
To hear more about Tonjie’s work check out Eleven-24,
an agency committed to developing and sharing educational resources rooted in intersectionality. Led by liberation, eleven- 24 seeks to strengthen collective knowledge about interpersonal violence and shift to a violence free culture.
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This project is supported by Grant No 2020-TA-AX-K022 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.