Nadia Hussain is a Bangladeshi American activist, poet, blogger and photographer with a passion for human rights work and progressive politics. She lives in Oakland, CA, where she works with refugee and emerging API communities.

Shivana Jorawar is an Indo-Caribbean feminist and reproductive justice advocate. She is passionate about uplifting the status of women in communities she identifies with, and has a background in legal advocacy and community education around issues of gender-based inequity and violence. She is the Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and a co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean women’s organization Jahajee Sisters, where she is now a member of the Steering Committee. Shivana holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Malika Redmond: A seasoned social justice advocate, dedicated to women’s health rights, Malika analyzes and researches the U.S. right-wing as the Lead Gender Justice Researcher at Political Research Associates.

Melissa Torres-Montoya currently serves as a Program Coordinator/ LSRJ Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow at the National Women’s Health Network. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis and earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2011. Melissa followed law school with a stint studying public health, and in May 2012 she graduated from John Hopkins with a Masters in Public Health.

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and the first person to hold the Ph.D. in African American Studies from Northwestern University. He is also the writer and director of the groundbreaking feature-length documentary STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen.


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