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#ImReady Movement Conference

October 29, 2022
Oakland, CA and Online 
10:00 AM to 5:00PM PT

Speakers & Wellness Practitioners 

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Mia Mingus

Founder & Director, SOIL: A Transformative Justice Project

Mia Mingus is a writer, educator and trainer for transformative justice and disability justice. She is a queer physically disabled korean transracial and transnational adoptee raised in the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependence and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love. As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence...

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Leo Sheng

Actor & Advocate

Born in Hunan, China, Leo grew up in Ypsilanti, MI. Adopted and raised by two moms, he understood the importance of access to community, and community building. Leo graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017, having worked at the Spectrum Center for two years and the William Monroe Multicultural Center for another two years. Leo's first film role as 'Ethan' in the feature film Adam, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance International Film Festival as well as OutFest and Stonewall 50, led to him stepping down...

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Tavae Samuelu


Tavae Samuelu is the daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa in Sāmoa. She’s a passionate advocate for Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised on Tongva Territory, and credits her time on unceded Ohlone land for her political consciousness. During the pandemic she has learned that her most important title is Aunty Vae and is committing herself to the teachings of the Nap Ministry.

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Irma Shauf-Bajar 

Executive Director, 18 Million Rising 

Irma Shauf-Bajar is a Filipino queer grassroots community organizer, movement educator and trainer dedicated to building people power and resiliency in communities and movements toward liberation. With 15+ years of grassroots community organizing work, Irma has worked to advance political organizing and power in immigrant, economic, racial justice, LGBTQGNC+, gender and social justice movements. 

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Kavita Mehra

Executive Director, Sakhi

Kavita first joined Sakhi as an intern in 2002 while in her third year of college. After her experience, she hoped to come back to Sakhi, specifically to lead the organization, and in June 2017 was named its fifth executive director. Under Kavita’s leadership, Sakhi has grown 325% and has launched a trauma-informed mental health program, a housing program, and a food justice program for clients. Her commitment to building a survivor-centered... 

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R Consuelo Inez

Intuitive Energy Medicine Woman; Owner of Inez Healing Arts 

Inez is an intuitive medicine woman, certified sound therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner. She weaves together indigenous ancient shamanic sounds with modern harmonics and overtones to stimulate and open cellular pathways to alleviate and release emotional, spiritual and physical burdens while restoring one's soul integrity.

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Susanna Barkataki

Author, Embrace Yoga's Roots

Susanna Barkataki, Indian yoga teacher known for her work in decolonizing and embracing the roots of yoga is Founder of Ignite Institute for Yogic Leadership and Social Change, author of #1 International Bestseller in Yoga, Nov 2020 Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. M.Ed, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer. She runs YTT’s that are changing the world with authentic yoga. Her Embody Yoga’s Roots yoga...

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Scholar, Educator, Parent, Author

Dr. Natalee Kēhaulani Bauer is a Kanaka Maoli scholar born in Honolulu and raised between/across Hawai’i and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is Department Chair of Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Program Head of Ethnic Studies, and affiliated faculty in the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

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Dylan Rodriguez

Scholar, Teacher, Parent, Writer, Collaborator, Day job of Professor at UC Riverside

Dylan Rodríguez is a teacher, scholar, and collaborator who is committed to building and supporting abolitionist, liberationist, anti-colonial and other forms of radical community and movement. Since 2001, he has maintained a day job as a Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He was elected to serve as... 

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Bernadette Lim

Founder and Executive Director, Freedom Community Clinic

Bernie describes herself as a Creator, Healer, and Warrior. She is the daughter of Filipinx and Toisanese immigrants. She is the founder and director of the Freedom Community Clinic, Woke WOC Docs Podcast, Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine and Health Justice, and part of the founding team of the Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine. She recently graduated from UCSF School of Medicine and earned...  

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Amina Lei

Art Activist, Healer, Healing Arts Mentor

Amina Lei is a self taught Chinese painter, teaching artist and illustrator from Oakland, CA. Amina’s childhood represented the complexity and beauty of growing up in the diverse culture of the bay area. It was the revolutionary spirit of Oakland that shaped Amina’s passion for justice. Culture, history, and the struggle for social justice are inspirations of her work and represents the realities of people of color. Amina’s art has always been about getting people to rethink the injustices in the world and to empower... 

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Molli Khangsengsing

Co-Founder, Tuff-Love Fitness

Mollii Khangsengsing is the first Laotian female black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with 15 years of training. In 2017, she co-founded Tuff Love Fitness, Inc., a nonprofit providing accessible and affordable self-defense, martial arts, and fitness training for people in Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.

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Liz Suk

Executive Director 

Liz Suk grew up in the Bay Area with deep roots in Deep East Oakland. She has a 25+ year career in various non-profit and grassroots organizations in the Bay Area and currently sits on the board of Bay Areal Parent Leadership Action Network, REAL People’s Fund and California Calls. She is committed to social, racial, and environmental justice for Indigenous, Black, and Brown communities and passing on these values to her two children, whom you’ll often see by her side..

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Estella Owoimaha-Church

Executive Director 

Estella is the first-generation of her family born on Tongva Land (for now known as Los Angeles). While identifying as an Angeleno, deeply connected to the lands that raised her, Estella’s roots burrow deep beyond the asphalt of South Central L.A.. Her maternal grandparents are from the villages of Satufia of Savai’i and Saleilua of Upolu, Samoa; her paternal grandparents are from Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria. She transitions into the role of Executive Director at... 

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Ny Nourn

Co-Director, Asian Prisoner Support Committee; Organizer, Survived & Punished

Ny is a queer formerly incarcerated survivor and proud daughter of a Cambodian refugee survivor. She is the Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and organizer with Survived and Punished (S&P). Ny work and passion are focused on freeing and supporting formerly and currently incarcerated immigrant and refugee survivors. Criminalized as a domestic violence survivor, Ny was detained by ICE after serving 16 years in state prison...

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Chel Anne

Healer & Spiritualist

Chel Anne (she/her) is a community worker, activist, and spiritualist in her journey in becoming a spiritual practitioner.  She believes that spiritual healing is a vital part of our holistic health and to achieve balance in all dimensions of our health, we must also find harmony with our spirit. She passionate about serving the community by searching for ways to better understands different energy healing methods. Her focus is on ancestoral healing/building intuition to heal ours, our families, and our community's spirit.

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Anna Cho

Organizer & Chief of Staff, 
She The People

Anna Cho is an expert in community organizing, criminal justice reform policymaking, and organizational and leadership development. Anna lead Survivors Speak, the largest movement of survivors in the country, advocating for real safety solutions that puts resources in prevention, rehabilitation, and trauma recovery over more prisons and jails. The campaign reallocated millions of dollars back into the community and... 

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Katherine Nasol

Researcher, Educator, Organizer 

Katherine Nasol is a community-rooted researcher, educator, and organizer based in Oakland, California. She weaves advocacy, storytelling, and education to bring healing to communities of color, especially to women, girls, and gender expansive people. She is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies where she writes on care and care labor, immigration, and racial capitalism. She is a founding member and Director of Community Engagement at the...

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Lily Wong

Associate Director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center

Lily Wong is an Associate Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. At AU, she also serves as an Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race Gender & Culture Studies. Her research and political practice focus on the politics of affective labor mobilized in relation to transpacific coalitional movements against state-sanctioned violence. She is one of the founding board members of the Society of Sinophone Studies (SSS), serves on the Advisory Board of... 

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Dr. Connie Wun

Co-Director, Asian Prisoner Support Committee; Organizer, Survived & Punished

Dr. Wun’s work is a reflection of her lifelong commitment to ending racial and gender-based violence. Her areas of expertise include community-driven research, violence against women and girls of color, school discipline and punishment. She is the co-founder of AAPI Women Lead, and also develops and consults on community-driven research designs, projects, using qualitative data collection tools and analyses. 

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