Women's March Oakland 2019

Speakers
& performers.

 
 
Alicia Garza   Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer and public speaker. In 2018, she founded the Black Futures Lab, which works to make Black people powerful in politics. As the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alicia works to build power, placing domestic workers at the forefront of the movement to change the domestic work industry and to build an economy that places people over profits. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia created the Black Lives Matter Global Network, with 40 chapters in 4 countries, to change the ways in which Black people are stripped of their humanity.

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer and public speaker. In 2018, she founded the Black Futures Lab, which works to make Black people powerful in politics. As the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alicia works to build power, placing domestic workers at the forefront of the movement to change the domestic work industry and to build an economy that places people over profits. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia created the Black Lives Matter Global Network, with 40 chapters in 4 countries, to change the ways in which Black people are stripped of their humanity.

Anouk Yeh   Anouk Yeh is a 15-year-old slam poet and freshman at Saratoga High School. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Anouk is the current 2018 Slam Champion of Cupertino City’s Annual Youth Poetry Slam, and has given speeches following speakers such as peace activist Ela Gandhi. A firm believer in the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword", she enjoys using her poetry to shed light on social and political issues. She especially enjoys writing about her experiences as a child of immigrants, girl of color, and a Generation Z growing up in America.

Anouk Yeh

Anouk Yeh is a 15-year-old slam poet and freshman at Saratoga High School. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Anouk is the current 2018 Slam Champion of Cupertino City’s Annual Youth Poetry Slam, and has given speeches following speakers such as peace activist Ela Gandhi. A firm believer in the phrase, “The pen is mightier than the sword", she enjoys using her poetry to shed light on social and political issues. She especially enjoys writing about her experiences as a child of immigrants, girl of color, and a Generation Z growing up in America.

Arushi Avachat   Arushi Avachat is the co-founder and co-president of Students for Social Change, a youth activism organization with active chapters across the United States. A Girl Scout and Pleasanton City Youth Commissioner, Arushi has been involved in public service for years. She organized her school district’s March 14th walkouts for gun control and was a speaker at the Families Belong Together Rally in her community. In her free time, Arushi loves to write. She is a three-time Scholastic Writing Awards National Medalist as well as a 2018 National YoungArts Winner in Writing.

Arushi Avachat

Arushi Avachat is the co-founder and co-president of Students for Social Change, a youth activism organization with active chapters across the United States. A Girl Scout and Pleasanton City Youth Commissioner, Arushi has been involved in public service for years. She organized her school district’s March 14th walkouts for gun control and was a speaker at the Families Belong Together Rally in her community. In her free time, Arushi loves to write. She is a three-time Scholastic Writing Awards National Medalist as well as a 2018 National YoungArts Winner in Writing.

Barbara Lee   Barbara Lee has been the US Representative for California’s 9th congressional district (now the 13th) since 1998. She serves on the Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending. In 1990, Barbara was elected to the California State Assembly, where she served until 1996 when she was elected to the State Senate. Barbara was a strong advocate for women in the legislature, where she authored and passed the first California Violence Against Women Act. On September 15, 2001, amidst enormous pressure, Congresswoman Lee stood firm in casting her dissenting vote to granting President George W. Bush authority to start military actions – anywhere. A UC Berkeley and Mills College alumna, Barbara has long advocated for legislative action to end poverty. In 2013, she became chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, which crafts and advances legislation to lift millions of American families out of poverty and into the middle class.

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee has been the US Representative for California’s 9th congressional district (now the 13th) since 1998. She serves on the Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which oversees all federal government spending. In 1990, Barbara was elected to the California State Assembly, where she served until 1996 when she was elected to the State Senate. Barbara was a strong advocate for women in the legislature, where she authored and passed the first California Violence Against Women Act. On September 15, 2001, amidst enormous pressure, Congresswoman Lee stood firm in casting her dissenting vote to granting President George W. Bush authority to start military actions – anywhere. A UC Berkeley and Mills College alumna, Barbara has long advocated for legislative action to end poverty. In 2013, she became chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, which crafts and advances legislation to lift millions of American families out of poverty and into the middle class.

 
Emma's Revolution   Emma's Revolution is the award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, covered by Holly Near and praised by Pete Seeger. "I Believe Her”, the duo’s powerful video in support of survivors, was heralded by The Daily Kos and KPFA Radio and shared heavily on social media. Emma’s Revolution has performed at concerts and mass demonstrations across the country, including Women’s March Oakland 2018, Poor People’s Campaign National Demonstration DC, and SF #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally. Featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and Pacifica's “Democracy Now”, Emma’s Revolution’s music has been sung around the world.

Emma's Revolution

Emma's Revolution is the award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, covered by Holly Near and praised by Pete Seeger. "I Believe Her”, the duo’s powerful video in support of survivors, was heralded by The Daily Kos and KPFA Radio and shared heavily on social media. Emma’s Revolution has performed at concerts and mass demonstrations across the country, including Women’s March Oakland 2018, Poor People’s Campaign National Demonstration DC, and SF #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally. Featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and Pacifica's “Democracy Now”, Emma’s Revolution’s music has been sung around the world.

Future Chorus   Future Chorus is a Bay Area vocal ensemble formed by Bay Area artist Lena Wolff to address the current political climate in the US through collective song. Comprised of over 25 artists, musicians and friends, Future Chorus sings original arrangements and unexpected cover songs that are incantations to the forces that bolster transformative resistance movements—songs that call upon love, resilience, imagination, inclusivity and the determination to fight for a better future.

Future Chorus

Future Chorus is a Bay Area vocal ensemble formed by Bay Area artist Lena Wolff to address the current political climate in the US through collective song. Comprised of over 25 artists, musicians and friends, Future Chorus sings original arrangements and unexpected cover songs that are incantations to the forces that bolster transformative resistance movements—songs that call upon love, resilience, imagination, inclusivity and the determination to fight for a better future.

Hai Yan Wu   Hai Yan Wu immigrated from China in 1993. She has labored in low-wage industries as a garment worker and an electronics assembler through 10-hour days for less than minimum wage and in primitive working conditions. When she first came to Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) in 1996 to attend citizenship classes, she felt isolated and powerless. After participating in AIWA’s leadership training, she learned that through collective organizing, people can improve their living and working conditions. As a woman leader at AIWA, Hai Yan continues to demand the rights of immigrant women workers.

Hai Yan Wu

Hai Yan Wu immigrated from China in 1993. She has labored in low-wage industries as a
garment worker and an electronics assembler through 10-hour days for less than minimum wage and in primitive working conditions. When she first came to Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) in 1996 to attend citizenship classes, she felt isolated and powerless. After participating in AIWA’s leadership training, she learned that through collective organizing, people can improve their living and working conditions. As a woman leader at AIWA, Hai Yan continues to demand the rights of immigrant women workers.

Janetta Johnson   Janetta Louise Johnson is the Executive Director at TGI Justice Project (TGIJP). She is a formerly incarcerated Black transgender woman and has been an activist and advocate in the transgender communities since 1997. She survived three and a half years in federal prison, and while inside she fiercely and tirelessly advocated for her rights as an incarcerated transgender person. She became politicized through her kinship with Miss Major, her adopted trans mother, and after her release from prison returned to her work with nonprofits and social service agencies with a higher compassion for people on the inside of jails and prisons. In 2014, she became the Executive Director of TGIJP when Miss Major retired from the position. She co-founded the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, the first transgender cultural district in the country, in San Francisco in 2016. Janetta uses she/her pronouns.

Janetta Johnson

Janetta Louise Johnson is the Executive Director at TGI Justice Project (TGIJP). She is a formerly incarcerated Black transgender woman and has been an activist and advocate in the transgender communities since 1997. She survived three and a half years in federal prison, and while inside she fiercely and tirelessly advocated for her rights as an incarcerated transgender person. She became politicized through her kinship with Miss Major, her adopted trans mother, and after her release from prison returned to her work with nonprofits and social service agencies with a higher compassion for people on the inside of jails and prisons. In 2014, she became the Executive Director of TGIJP when Miss Major retired from the position. She co-founded the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, the first transgender cultural district in the country, in San Francisco in 2016. Janetta uses she/her pronouns.

 
Jazz Hudson   Jazz Hudson is an award-winning artist, passionate speaker, educator and black girl advocate who serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. Jazz recently served as the learning mentor for Educating, Mentoring, Empowering and Reaffirming Our Girls for Excellence, a pilot educational re-entry program for young women ages 16-18. As a testament to her commitment and service, Jazz was awarded the Oakland Indie Social Changemaker Award in 2013. Her work has been featured on 106 KMEL Street Soldiers, at innumerable rallies, SF Chronicle, NPR, Thred Up, the Empowering Women Of Color Conference, events honoring Oscar Grant and commemorating Black August, in juvenile halls, Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase, the Philippines, and high school classrooms all over the nation. She has shared stages with Saul Williams, Melissa Harris-Perry, Angela Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Mos Def, Susan Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson.

Jazz Hudson

Jazz Hudson is an award-winning artist, passionate speaker, educator and black girl advocate who serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. Jazz recently served as the learning mentor for Educating, Mentoring, Empowering and Reaffirming Our Girls for Excellence, a pilot educational re-entry program for young women ages 16-18. As a testament to her commitment and service, Jazz was awarded the Oakland Indie Social Changemaker Award in 2013. Her work has been featured on 106 KMEL Street Soldiers, at innumerable rallies, SF Chronicle, NPR, Thred Up, the Empowering Women Of Color Conference, events honoring Oscar Grant and commemorating Black August, in juvenile halls, Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase, the Philippines, and high school classrooms all over the nation. She has shared stages with Saul Williams, Melissa Harris-Perry, Angela Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Mos Def, Susan Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson.

Jennifer B. Lyle   For over 25 years, Jennifer B. Lyle has actively worked toward the well-being of women and girls and their families. Her education and work have taken place in the streets, across continents, with community organizations, government, schools and academia. Currently the Executive Director of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth, Jennifer has designed and directed various community- and site-based projects focused on economic justice, academic achievement, substance abuse prevention, health promotion and community-directed leadership development and change. She received her master’s in social work, master’s in sociology, and PhD in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer B. Lyle

For over 25 years, Jennifer B. Lyle has actively worked toward the well-being of women and girls and their families. Her education and work have taken place in the streets, across continents, with community organizations, government, schools and academia. Currently the Executive Director of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth, Jennifer has designed and directed various community- and site-based projects focused on economic justice, academic achievement, substance abuse prevention, health promotion and community-directed leadership development and change. She received her master’s in social work, master’s in sociology, and PhD in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.

Kari Hall (MC)   Kari Hall joined NBC Bay Area in May 2015 as meteorologist for NBC Bay Area’s morning newscast “Today in the Bay” and the midday newscast at 11am. Kari is a self-described weather fanatic. She began her career at KATC in Lafayette, LA, where she covered severe weather events, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. After spending 6 years in Louisiana, she moved back to her home state of Kentucky where she was the weekend meteorologist at WKYT in Lexington, frequently covering tornadoes and snowstorms. Before moving to the Bay Area, Kari worked at News 12 in Connecticut, where she was the Chief Meteorologist for the past 2 years. Kari holds a BS in geoscience with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has a seal of approval from the National Weather Association.

Kari Hall (MC)

Kari Hall joined NBC Bay Area in May 2015 as meteorologist for NBC Bay Area’s morning newscast “Today in the Bay” and the midday newscast at 11am. Kari is a self-described weather fanatic. She began her career at KATC in Lafayette, LA, where she covered severe weather events, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. After spending 6 years in Louisiana, she moved back to her home state of Kentucky where she was the weekend meteorologist at WKYT in Lexington, frequently covering tornadoes and snowstorms. Before moving to the Bay Area, Kari worked at News 12 in Connecticut, where she was the Chief Meteorologist for the past 2 years. Kari holds a BS in geoscience with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has a seal of approval from the National Weather Association.

Kimberly Ellis   Kimberly Ellis is the founder of Unbought - Unbossed, an incubator for the next generation of political disruptors. As the former Executive Director of Emerge California, the state’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office, Kimberly is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who has been credited with revolutionizing Democratic politics in California. Most recently, Kimberly was a candidate for Chair of the California Democratic Party, where she inspired thousands and lit the spark of an ongoing movement for the next generation of Progressive activists. Kimberly serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including Fund Her, K to College and the California Young Dems Black Caucus.

Kimberly Ellis

Kimberly Ellis is the founder of Unbought - Unbossed, an incubator for the next generation of political disruptors. As the former Executive Director of Emerge California, the state’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office, Kimberly is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who has been credited with revolutionizing Democratic politics in California. Most recently, Kimberly was a candidate for Chair of the California Democratic Party, where she inspired thousands and lit the spark of an ongoing movement for the next generation of Progressive activists. Kimberly serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including Fund Her, K to College and the California Young Dems Black Caucus.

 
Leili Davari   Leili Herlinda Davari joined Bend the Arc as Bay Area Regional Organizer in March 2016. During this time, Leili has supported local leaders to organize on issues including SB54, DREAM Act, Money Bail Reform Act, and electoral campaign in CA Congressional District 10 as well as supporting a local Jewish People of Color community. As a Mexican and Iranian Jewish cis woman from El Paso, TX, Leili has dedicated the last 7 years to grassroots community organizing and supporting leaders building their own “people power”. In the future, Leili looks forward to utilizing her passion and expertise in community organizing to help strengthen, support, and sustain Jewish People of Color.

Leili Davari

Leili Herlinda Davari joined Bend the Arc as Bay Area Regional Organizer in March 2016. During this time, Leili has supported local leaders to organize on issues including SB54, DREAM Act, Money Bail Reform Act, and electoral campaign in CA Congressional District 10 as well as supporting a local Jewish People of Color community. As a Mexican and Iranian Jewish cis woman from El Paso, TX, Leili has dedicated the last 7 years to grassroots community organizing and supporting leaders building their own “people power”. In the future, Leili looks forward to utilizing her passion and expertise in community organizing to help strengthen, support, and sustain Jewish People of Color.

Monica Pasqual   Bay Area singer/songwriter Monica Pasqual is the winner of 5 Independent Music Awards and 6 Emmy Awards. Her songs have been used on numerous network television shows and she has composed soundtracks for PBS, The History Channel and National Geographic Television. For the last 18 years she has been a member of the popular Bay Area band, Blame Sally, touring the US and Europe extensively. Released on January 21, 2017, to coincide with the first Women’s March, her song and video "You Can't Kill Light" was played and viewed on stations across the US and Germany. In early 2019 Pasqual will release her sixth solo album.

Monica Pasqual

Bay Area singer/songwriter Monica Pasqual is the winner of 5 Independent Music Awards and 6 Emmy Awards. Her songs have been used on numerous network television shows and she has composed soundtracks for PBS, The History Channel and National Geographic Television. For the last 18 years she has been a member of the popular Bay Area band, Blame Sally, touring the US and Europe extensively. Released on January 21, 2017, to coincide with the first Women’s March, her song and video "You Can't Kill Light" was played and viewed on stations across the US and Germany. In early 2019 Pasqual will release her sixth solo album.

Nikki Fortunato Bas   Nikki Fortunato Bas is the Coucilmember-Elect for Oakland District 2. She is a lifelong community organizer who got her start in Oakland Chinatown working with Asian immigrant women garment workers. As a champion for working families, she has built lasting coalitions and passed policies at the local and state levels to advance economic development with community benefits, worker and immigrant rights, and environmental justice. While she led the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, its coalitions raised Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick days and created living wage jobs. She is also a working mom with a teenage daughter.

Nikki Fortunato Bas

Nikki Fortunato Bas is the Coucilmember-Elect for Oakland District 2. She is a lifelong community organizer who got her start in Oakland Chinatown working with Asian immigrant women garment workers. As a champion for working families, she has built lasting coalitions and passed policies at the local and state levels to advance economic development with community benefits, worker and immigrant rights, and environmental justice. While she led the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, its coalitions raised Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick days and created living wage jobs. She is also a working mom with a teenage daughter.

RyanNicole   RyanNicole is a world-renowned MC and poet whose lyrical prowess has been featured on international stages and web platforms, garnering fans across the globe. A TEDx Fellow, her musical compositions include a solo mixtape, "Dis’Onance", and several collaborative efforts with her group Nu Dekades and other artists. Her forthcoming solo album, "Queen of Everything", is set for release in early 2019. RyanNicole has performed with a wide array of artists and people of influence, most notably President Barack Obama.

RyanNicole

RyanNicole is a world-renowned MC and poet whose lyrical prowess has been featured on international stages and web platforms, garnering fans across the globe. A TEDx Fellow, her musical compositions include a solo mixtape, "Dis’Onance", and several collaborative efforts with her group Nu Dekades and other artists. Her forthcoming solo album, "Queen of Everything", is set for release in early 2019. RyanNicole has performed with a wide array of artists and people of influence, most notably President Barack Obama.

 
Sistah Iminah   Sistah Iminah is a singer/songwriter, dancer, educator, consultant, priestess, entreprenuer and humanitarian hailing from Oakland, CA, with roots in Nigeria, Jamaica, Texas and beyond. With her unique brand of "born-again African soul”, Sistah Iminah's goal is to inspire the original greatness of Africa to rise again. She continuously works with various top Afrobeat, Afrobeats, Afropop, reggae and hip-hop artists

Sistah Iminah

Sistah Iminah is a singer/songwriter, dancer, educator, consultant, priestess, entreprenuer and humanitarian hailing from Oakland, CA, with roots in Nigeria, Jamaica, Texas and beyond. With her unique brand of "born-again African soul”, Sistah Iminah's goal is to inspire the original greatness of Africa to rise again. She continuously works with various top Afrobeat, Afrobeats, Afropop, reggae and hip-hop artists

Snick at Night   DJ Snick at Night is a Cali native who grew up with a passion for music, always having a huge collection of CDs or mp3s. From the time she played her first mix CD for her friends 15 years ago, Snick has not looked back. She is an open-format DJ familiar with spinning many genres of music to get anybody grooving. You can catch Snick at Swig and Ginger’s in San Francisco.

Snick at Night

DJ Snick at Night is a Cali native who grew up with a passion for music, always having a huge collection of CDs or mp3s. From the time she played her first mix CD for her friends 15 years ago, Snick has not looked back. She is an open-format DJ familiar with spinning many genres of music to get anybody grooving. You can catch Snick at Swig and Ginger’s in San Francisco.

Stacey Milbern   Stacey Milbern is a disability justice organizer and thought leader based in Oakland. She believes interdependence and community care are critical ingredients for our liberation and has been centering the leadership of disabled people of color in her life for 14 years, knowing that disability disproportionately impacts communities of color and many people are not able to claim disability identities because of heightened levels of stigma and violence. She has held appointments at the presidential and gubernatorial levels but is currently focusing on local organizing in Oakland. She works in corporate HR during the day and runs the streets at night with BAD CRIPP, a crew of disabled people and elders working to make social justice actions more accessible for all.

Stacey Milbern

Stacey Milbern is a disability justice organizer and thought leader based in Oakland. She believes interdependence and community care are critical ingredients for our liberation and has been centering the leadership of disabled people of color in her life for 14 years, knowing that disability disproportionately impacts communities of color and many people are not able to claim disability identities because of heightened levels of stigma and violence. She has held appointments at the presidential and gubernatorial levels but is currently focusing on local organizing in Oakland. She works in corporate HR during the day and runs the streets at night with BAD CRIPP, a crew of disabled people and elders working to make social justice actions more accessible for all.

Valerie Troutt   Bay Area born and bred, jazz- and gospel-trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice‐driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. "The Sound of Peace", Valerie's long‐awaited, full‐length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years, culminating in her acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.

Valerie Troutt

Bay Area born and bred, jazz- and gospel-trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice‐driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. "The Sound of Peace", Valerie's long‐awaited, full‐length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years, culminating in her acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.

 
Xochitl Oseguera   Xochitl Oseguera is senior campaign director for MomsRising, a million-member grassroots organization advocating to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Oseguera helps lead the organization’s highly successful work to educate and mobilize mothers, both online and on the ground, on issues relating to immigration, economic justice, child health, gun safety, criminal justice reform and other vitally important issues. She heads MomsRising’s Spanish-language initiatives, and engages with bilingual Latina mothers in the vibrant, fast-growing community she helped create, MamásConPoder.org.

Xochitl Oseguera

Xochitl Oseguera is senior campaign director for MomsRising, a million-member grassroots organization advocating to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Oseguera helps lead the organization’s highly successful work to educate and mobilize mothers, both online and on the ground, on issues relating to immigration, economic justice, child health, gun safety, criminal justice reform and other vitally important issues. She heads MomsRising’s Spanish-language initiatives, and engages with bilingual Latina mothers in the vibrant, fast-growing community she helped create, MamásConPoder.org.