We are super excited to have these Radical Women sharing their TanyaTalks with us in Saturday, August 2nd. Make sure you register now so you don't miss their powerful presentations!
Dara Cooper is an activist, organizer, and community health worker who comes from a long ancestral lineage of freedom fighters. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is the director of the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The Partnership works to address food and health access issues and is currently focused on a new farmers market featuring regional Black farmers at Restoration, the first (and one of the largest) community development corporation in the country in addition to a successful farm to Headstart program rolled out in Brooklyn. Prior to joining Restoration, Dara led the launch and expansion of an award winning mobile produce market with activists featuring community health programming, intergenerational community involvement and grassroots health organizing. The market quickly became a nationally recognized model for healthy food distribution and community based self determination and empowerment. She has worked on or advised healthy food access work all over the country and is deeply committed to strengthening community reclamation of our food system.
Dara currently serves on the advisory board of Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living/Healthy Food Hub and is a member of Brooklyn Movement Center, Friends of Cooperation Jackson (in MS), Black Farmers Urban Gardeners, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a food justice blogger for BKreader.com and is the contributing editor for the Environment, Sustainability and Food Justice section of the Praxis Center, an online activist academic journal at Kalamazoo College. A former Uganda Bold Food Fellow (exchange program between professionals in the U.S. and East Africa), Kalamazoo Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Food Justice Fellow, and National Alliance Against Racist Political Repression Human Rights Awardee, she recently travelled with a delegation to Cuba as a part of the first Black Permaculturalist Network and participated in the 2013 International Permaculture Conference. Dara believes fiercely in the power of people organizing and investing in self-determining, resilient, sustainable communities worldwide and is guided by the quote: “Imperialism is an international system of exploitation, and we, as revolutionaries, must be internationalists to defeat it.” – Assata Shakur
Sonia Guinansaca was born in Ecuador, and at the age of 5 migrated to the United States to reunite with her parents in NY. Since 2007, Guinansaca has been public about her status as an undocumented immigrant. In 2008 she joined the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) the first and only undocumented youth led organization in NY where she currently serves as a Board Member. Guinansaca has since participated in the second recorded civil disobedience action done by undocumented youth and has participated in a 10-day hunger strike for the Dream Act. The poet and activist has also attempted to infiltrate an Alabama detention center and coordinated campaigns to end the deportation of undocumented people, among other actions in the immigrant rights movement. In 2011, Guinansaca launched the Dreaming in Ink creative writing workshop for undocumented youth and performance spaces known as UndocuMic’s. Most recently, she joined Culture Strike as coordinator of the Artist Network and UndocuWriting Project. Sonia is an undocumented unafraid unapologetic queer poet.
Sung E Bai is the daughter of accidental immigrants from Corea. Entering the South Africa anti-apartheid campus movement in 1986, she became an Ethnic Studies activist and later led a student campaign (1991-1996) that established the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Columbia University. She taught undergraduate Asian American women's literature, became active in NYC social justice organizing, and counseled/advocated for rape/domestic violence survivors. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved in various social justice causes, particularly police brutality, immigration, housing, youth organizing, worker rights, and food justice. As executive director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, a grassroots racial justice immigrant community organization (1996-2008), she served on various boards and in collaborations, including the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, U.S. NGO Coordinating Committee for the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia, and the 2007 U.S. Social Forum National Planning Committee. She went on to lead the political education program for Social Justice Leadership and then served as Director of National Programs at Slow Food USA. Currently she is the executive director of Leading Change Network, a values-based global community of practice for organizers, educators, and researchers. Actively involved in her daughter’s public school, she also coaches women of color organizers, serves on the board of Southeastern Green Network/Southeast African American Farmers Organic Network, and teaches martial arts to children. Sung E Bai is a proud mother of a 7-year old, and walks a path of mindful parenting and leadership.
Beata Tsosie-Peña is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a poet, mother, farmer, and musician. She is certified in infant massage, as an educator, a developmental specialist, and in permaculture design. She has worked with NM Culture-Net's, "Poets-In-The-Schools" program, facilitating poetry workshops with middle and high school students. She is a Green For All Fellow, and has served on her local day school board of education. She is currently serving as chairperson for both Honor Our Pueblo Existence (H.O.P.E.) and Breath of My Heart Birth Place. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United. She believes in the practice and preservation of land-based knowledge, spirituality, language, seeds, our Earth, and family. Her intentions are for healing, wellness and sustainability for future generations.
Elizabeth C. Yeampierre is a nationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. She is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization. Her award winning vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE. She is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community resiliency in Sunset Park. Prior to assuming the Executive Director position at UPROSE, Ms. Yeampierre was the Director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Director of Legal Services for the American Indian law Alliance and Dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. She holds a BA from Fordham University, a law degree from Northeastern University. Elizabeth is the first Latina Chair of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.