#ImReady Movement Conference
December 11, 2021
10am to 1pm PST
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...
Executive Director, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
Tavae Samuelu is the second daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa. As the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), she’s a passionate advocate for Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised on Tongva land, and credits her time on unceded Ohlone territory for her political consciousness and identity...
Executive Director, Youth Speaks; Founder, Whole Story Group
Mush is a poet, narrative strategist, and pioneer of spoken word pedagogy. A Harvard University Project Zero Fellow, Mush is frequently a featured speaker on the intersection of emergent cultures, racial justice and solidarity movements, and women of color in leadership. Her talks and writings have been featured on Vogue, HBO, PBS, AfroPop, Summit Series, Social Venture Network, National Conference on Race and...
Advocate, Pacific Climate Warriors Council of Elders
Alisi Rabukawaqa-Nacewa has for over the past decade worked in environment conservation, climate activism and indigenous peoples’ traditional rights and knowledge advocacy.
She sits on the youth-led grassroots network 350.org Pacific Climate Warriors Council of Elders as the Melanesian representative, providing traditional knowledge on working with Pacific communities and indigenous...
Founder, AAPI Youth Rising
Mina Fedor is the founder of AAPI Youth Rising, a youth-led organization whose mission is to take small actions to make positive change. In March 2021, AAPI Youth Rising organized a 1,200+ person rally in Berkeley, CA to bring awareness to the increase in xenophobia against Asians in America. Afterwards, AAPI Youth Rising launched the ONE/180 pledge, asking schools and teachers across the country to teach at least one day of Asian American...
Board Member, AAPI Youth Rising
“My name is Siwoo Rhie, I am of Korean descent. I am an AAPI Youth Rising Board Member and I am also apart of AAPI Youth Rising's Founding Team.
I like to read, listen to music, and play instruments (like guitar and cello). I enjoy debate and I’m interested in Greek/Roman mythology.”
Intern, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
“I have been a part of YPAR and the Race program for almost a year now. I am an Indian American public education student. I am a woman of color who aspires to be in the medical field. I have made sure to be an active student leader on campus. I am president of the Medical club and the Dreamcatcher's chapter which is a nationwide organization dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life dreams of hospice patients. My religion...
Partner, Reframe Health and Justice
Kate D'Adamo is a partner at Reframe Health and Justice, a QTPOC collective working at the intersections of anti-oppression, harm reduction, healing justice and upending criminal-legal system. Kate draws on a background of community organizing, policy advocacy, training and capacity, building and re-writing narratives under the broad umbrella of sex worker rights. Kate uses She/They pronouns, believes in...
R Consuelo Inez de la Luz
Indigenous Energy Medicine Woman
Inez is an intuitive energy medicine practitioner, certified sound healer, ayurvedic and healing touch therapist. She is a trained herbal medicine-woman, mindfulness meditation teacher and hypnotherapy guide.
Aware of her intuitive abilities at a very young age the journey was revealed to her through elements of nature. She integrates traditional indigenous philosophies, evoking ancient shamanic sounds of the ancestors through Native American drumming, Tibetan bowls, and voice while integrating the science of music therapy...
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio
Artist & Aloha ʻĀina
Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine artist / activist / scholar / storyteller born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) in 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. In 2020 her poetry and activism were the subject...
Director of Communications, Transgender Law Center
Xoài Phạm is a Vietnamese trans woman descended from a long legacy of warriors, healers, and shamans. Her life’s work is in dreaming new futures where we are all limitless. She makes those dreams a reality as a poet, essayist, editor, and screenwriter. She is currently the deputy director of communications at Transgender Law Center and trans subject editor of Autostraddle, while also writing for publications like Elle, Esquire, and Teen Vogue.
Professor, University of Maryland
Janelle Wong received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She is Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2012, she was at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity. Wong is author of Immigrants, Evangelicals and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change (2018, Russell Sage Foundation Press), Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press)...
Co-Executive Director, Freedom, Inc.
Kabzuag Vaj, is a Hmong refugee who was born in Laos and raised in Madison, WI. She is the founder and co-executive director of Freedom Inc and the executive director of Freedom Action Now, Inc.
She has dedicated the majority of her life to ending gender-based violence. Her advocacy started when she was 16 years old, assisting and housing at-risk teens, and challenging abusive gender norms within her ...
Bi "Killer Bi" Nguyen
Emcee, Advocate, MMA Fighter
Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee, women's advocate, humanitarian, survivor, former cast member of the 'Survivor' CBS, and one of the first professional Vietnamese female fighters. Bi is the first female Vietnamese fighter in ONE FC. She is passionate about showing women and girls that they can follow their dreams despite their cultural limitations . She works with nonprofits around the world to educate and create more opportunities for all young girls
Helena Fuluifaga Chan Foung
Pacific Climate Warrior, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Helena Fuluifaga Chan Foung is a young Pasifika woman of Samoan, Tokelauan, Chinese and Danish blood, raised on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand. Through navigating and unpacking her Pacific identity as one of the wider diaspora, that she then came into Climate justice advocacy with the Pacific Climate Warriors (PCW). Her drive in this work is rooted her love and devotion to the homes of her Grandparents & Ancestors...