NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, was recognized with the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, among others. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, and now teaches at Stanford University as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe.
NoViolet is the author of the Declaration of Unity.
Yahaira Carrillo Rosales
Yahaira Carrillo Rosales is mexicana, queer and chingona. She was born in Michoacán, México and has spent the majority of her life in Kansas City where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language & Literature. Yahaira has been organizing for social justice through community, policy & creative interventions since 2007. She believes that individuals affected by social (in)justice issues should share rich complex stories through organizing and art. She currently lives in Oakland where she spends her days learning about herbalism, playing with Luna (her chihuahua), writing and thinking about how her writing will live.
Yahaira translated the Declaration of Unity into Spanish.
Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW)
Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW) is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. Thank you to the Asian American Writers Workshop (AAWW) for their collaboration in inviting prominent artists and writers to endorse the Declaration of Unity.
Tsedey was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she is a multidisciplinary artist, beekeeping enthusiast, and educator who currently resides in San Francisco, California. She studied Studio Arts at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Fine Arts and Spanish at University of Veracruz, Mexico. She is currently working on a collection of poems and short stories. Winner of Academy of American Poets- 2016 Felicia Farr Lemmon Poetry Prize.
Tsedey translated the Declaration of Unity into Amharic.
Robert Liu-Trujillo is a visual artist and father, born and raised in the Bay Area, who employs the use of illustration, storytelling, and public art to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect the artist's cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. "My motivation to do what I do is to be a positive and nurturing influence on my son. It is to honor my ancestors and my family by passing on our visual art traditions, to give, to learn, to challenge the educational system both public and private, and to make sure more artwork that fuses ethnic studies, political commentary, personal history, and dynamic visual styles using a variety of media is prominent, loud, unapologetic, and just what some of us need."
photo: Tiffany Eng
Francis Mead is a queer Black womxn artist and mother of many ancestries rooted in Oakland, CA. Ever since she can remember she made art to connect with herself and her ancestors. Always a form of survival and resistance; a way to inspire and build with her community. As a visual artist, Francis's passions lie in pen and ink illustrations and acrylic paintings. Her work is inspired by the struggles and dreams of the people, Black and Brown Indigenous and queer womxn in particular, who have struggled throughout the diaspora for collective liberation. Francis believes it is important to create art that reflects and moves the people's spirits lifting our consciousness into higher vibrations.
Francis created one of our commissioned works.
Oree Originol was born on September 11 1984 in Los Angeles, CA. His art practice began as a child but it wasn't until 2009 when he moved to the Bay Area where he began to show his artwork in galleries and develop an art career. In 2012 he joined forces with Bay Area artist Favianna Rodriguez and her artist network Culturestrike and began to get involved in social justice art projects. Since then, Oree has remained dedicated to activism and in 2014 he decided to start "Justice For Our Lives," a social art project dedicated to promoting justice for people who have been killed by police. Oree continues to balance his art and activism by sharing his skills with the Bay Area community and beyond.
Ladan Osman is a first-generation Somali-American. She is a poet, teacher, and translator who lives in Chicago. Ladan holds a BA at Otterbein College and an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Her publications include a chapbook, Ordinary Heaven and a poetry collection, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, which won the Sillerman First Book Prize.
Ladan translated the Declaration of Unity into Somali.
Mar Pascual is a Filipinx, non-binary, queer, traumatized, fat, femme inter-disciplinary artist living in Southern California. Their work explores themes that center decolonization, gender non-conformity and fluidity, intimacy, mental illness, and trauma. They received their BA in Art (Painting) from California State University, Northridge, where they helped start a zine collective with some fellow students. Since making their first zine in 2014, their work has appeared throughout CA, including Los Angeles and San Francisco zine fests, the Long Beach Queer Film Festival, and several QTPOC community events. Though they are experienced in several mediums, collage, illustration, and zine-making are their current practices.
Mar created one of our commissioned works.
photo: Trista Hidalgo
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike.
Favianna created one of our commissioned works.
Jess X Snow
Jess X Snow (b. 1992) is a queer Asian-American artist, filmmaker and poet. Her work exposes narratives of time travel, diaspora, intimacy and collective protest by connecting the queer & colored body with the body of the Earth. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative and a teaching artist who has worked with previously incarcerated families, migrant and indigenous youth communities to produce art and poetry that speak their truth. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her artwork has appeared in the The LA Times, The Huffington Post, The UN Human Rights Council and on indoor and outdoor walls throughout the US. Her poems have appeared in the Offing, Nepantla and on stages, TEDx conferences, backyards and rooftops nationwide. Through film, mural-making, poetry and youth art education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves whole and heroic, on the big screen and the city walls & then grow up to create their own.
Jess created one of our commissioned works.
Rommy Torrico is an undocumented, queer, non binary, non-white artist and activist born in Iquique, Chile and currently residing in New York. They have been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuse much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Rommy is part of a grassroots initiative, the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, which believes in the strength our communities have and how powerful stories can really be.
Rommy designed our hummingbird logo.
photo: Anesti Vega
Yichen Tu is a freelance writer, documentarian, and amateur photographer. As a Chinese immigrant, Yichen writes stories and reports on issues affecting her community. Her goal is for her stories to serve as a conduit between American mainstream society and the Chinese immigrant community. Yichen was a 2016 Spring Open City Language Justice Fellow of Asian American Writer's Workshop and staff reporter for World Journal. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies at the National Taiwan University of Arts and Master of Arts in Urban Planning at Hunter College.
Yichen translated the Declaration of Unity into Chinese.
Crystal Clarity is an illustrator, muralist and teaching Artist born, raised and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit and city life. Working in a variety of mediums from pencil to paintbrush on anything from Bristol to Brick walls her work can be found on contour cut plywood, canvas or covering the side of a building in any one of the inner city boroughs. Crystal Clarity has advanced her craft at the Art Students League of New York, Penland School of Crafts and worked and studied bookmaking at the Center for Book Arts. She holds an Associates degree in Visual Communications and a BFA in Illustration graduating with honors from Parsons School of Design with a focus in printmaking. Crystal Hopes to continue her work as a Muralist and Teaching Artist while expanding her audience and partnerships abroad internationally.
Crystal created one of our commissioned works, which is on the cover of our Racial Justice Art & Story Sessions guide.
Mike de la Rocha
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski
African Communities Together
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Chinese Progressive Association
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Korean Resource Center
Mid-City Community Advocacy Network
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network
TODEC Legal Center
United Taxi Workers of San Diego
Advocates for Youth
African Advocacy Network
All of Us or None
Asian Pacific Islander Center on Gender Based Violence
Asian Prisoners Support Committee
California Immigrant Policy Center
Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Interfaith Ministry for Human Integrity
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Transgender Law Center
University of San Francisco Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic
USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration