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Karen May

Just Policy Action, Southland Resistance, Resistance Bootcamp
Upland
Karen’s first job out of college - with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the UFW - trained her as a lifelong organizer. She organized labor-community coalitions around deindustrialization in Chicago, cooperative development in Puerto Rico, and back to Chicago in hybrid nonprofit/economic development/Dem politics spaces (where one of her peak experiences was writing “community development venture capital” legislation with then-State Senator Barack Obama). After a couple of degrees in Community Economic Development and International Econ, she worked in academia for a while, and still describes herself as a “weird organizer-policy wonk hybrid.”

After the infamous 2016 election she felt the call to pivot from international development work back to her grassroots, and started organizing with local resistance groups and building coalitions. She currently coordinates Just Policy Action (formerly RISE Stronger), a national policy-oriented resistance action group, and a regional coalition called "Southland Resistance" in a chunk of greater LA. She co-led ActLocal LosAngeles 2017, and is currently working with badass SoCal organizers to scale-up the successful "Resistance Bootcamp" coalition events, which focus on voter-engagement training.

Karen is passionate (possibly obsessed) about coalition building and finding innovative ways to collaborate and amplify our message, power, and values. She loves teaching organizing skills, and is also a “karma yogi” -- when she’s not in a meeting she’s most likely singing kirtan, or teaching yoga and meditation to bring self-care to diverse communities, resist activist burnout, and integrate inner and outer liberation.
Saturday, February 16
 

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Sunday, February 17
 

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