100 Days of A Feminist Agenda

Healing From Centuries of Oppression: Our Work Is Not Yet Done

April 8, 2021 @5pm EST

Amplifying LGBTQIA+ Activism and Uplifting the Pursuit for Equality and Fundamental Rights

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Guest Speakers

Congresswoman Sharice Davids

Congresswoman Davids represents the Kansas Third District and will be giving remarks at the top of the event

She was raised by a single mother, who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Rep. Davids worked her way through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. As a first-generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. It is that foundation that allowed her to go on to a successful career, focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama. 

Rep. Davids wants other to have the same opportunities to achieve their goals, which is why she has focused her career on bringing more opportunities to the middle class. In Congress, Rep. Davids is putting Kansans first, working to get limit the influence of special interests and fighting to make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone.

 

When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. She sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure and Small Business Committees. She is a resident of Roeland Park. 

Charlotte Clymer

Director of Communications & Strategy at Catholics for Choice

Prior to her position at Catholics for Choice, she was the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality. Her day-to-day work involved running the organization’s messaging in response to the White House and federal policy.

Her political and social commentary has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets. Her work has been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, NBC News, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, The Independent, and other publications. She has also been a guest commentator on MSNBC and CBS Sunday Morning.

She serves on the D.C. Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, the Board of Directors for the Center for Law and Military Policy, the Military and Veterans Advisory Council for Modern Military Families of America and the Advisory Councils for Running Start and the Lone Star Parity Project, organizations working toward gender parity in elected office.

She is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Class of 2019. 
She was named to Fortune Magazine’s 2020 40 under 40 list in the “Politics & Government” category and 2019 40 under 40 Queer Women of D.C. by the Mayor’s Office and The Washington Blade.

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and resides in Washington, D.C.

Ericka A. Dixon 

Training Programs Manager, New York City Anti-Violence Project

Ericka Ayodele Dixon currently serves as the Training Programs Manager with the New York City Anti-Violence Project. As Training Programs Manager, Ericka works to provide training and technical assistance, develop resources and share successful models with advocates across the country for LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Ericka is also part of the Community Advisory Board of the Disability Project as part of the Transgender Law Center.  Through the Disability Project, they are leading community based participatory research with QTBIPOC disabled survivors of violence, and leading curriculum development by and for Black, queer, and trans disabled community, including training students at Columbia University, San-Fransisco University School of Medicine and being featured on Amy Pohler's Instagram Takeover.

 

Prior to her work at AVP, Ericka worked at Black Women’s Blueprint, where they fought to get Black women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence centered in local city and national policy initiatives.  As a survivor of sexual violence themselves, Ericka believes this work is both deeply personal and political and grounds everything she does using a queer, Black feminist lens.

 

Ericka holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Culture, Society and Human Rights from Emory University.

Rodrigo Velasquez 

Activist, Legislative Aide

Rodrigo is legislative aide in the Virginia House of Delegates, community advocate, and former undocumented immigrant. He is passionate about building community power to change laws to build a more just and equitable world. In his free time, he spends time with his puppy.

He currently serves on the boards of Just Neighbors, an organization that provides high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, asylees and refugees in the DC area, Washington, DC,  UndocuMason, a student organization at George Mason University aimed to creating an inclusive environment for undocumented students, and the Latino Advisory Board at the Office of Governor Ralph Northam. 

Paris Hatcher (moderator)

Director of Black Feminist Future

Paris Hatcher is a Black, queer visionary feminist who has has been organizing individuals
and organizations toward liberation at the local, national, and international level for twenty
years. 

 

Black Feminist Future is a national organization that amplifies and builds the power of Black feminist leaders, organizations and movements. In this capacity, she also serves on the leadership team of the Movement for Black Lives. Prior to her work with Black Feminist Future, Paris managed network strategies at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and worked as Principal at Rhombus Consulting Group, working to advance intersectional strategy toward queer liberation and racial, gender, and reproductive justice. She provided technical assistance, group facilitation, and designed innovative cultural and policy campaigns that centered the power and expertise of Black women. In 2005, Paris co-founded and was the Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, a leading reproductive health, queer and trans* justice organization in the Southeast where she was born and has built her life. Her expertise and commitment to southern leadership is undeniable.

 

Paris earned a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies from East Carolina University and Masters of Arts in Africana Women’s Studies at Clark Atlanta University with a research focus on Caribbean women’s activism and social movements. She lives in Atlanta with her beloved and her pup.