Introducing the Spring 2018 Windcall Residents
After decades resisting the criminal justice system and environmental, gender, racial, and labor injustices, Ellen Barry (formerly with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children), Christine Cordero (Center for Story-based Strategies), and Desiree Evans (Women With A Vision, Inc) spend 3 weeks in Rancho Gallina, NM.
They have written, spoken, advocated, and facilitated strategies for new alternatives, inspiring “collective power to imagine the world we need, to build it, and get free”. Now is their turn to rest, reflect, and explore resiliency practices to sustain them for decades more.
Ellen Barry works as Senior Consultant for Women & Justice Issues Consulting, in Oakland, CA, focusing on issues affecting women and girls impacted by the Criminal Justice System. She has worked to advance the civil and human rights of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people, their children and families for over 40 years. In 1978, Ellen founded Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), focusing on the impact of the criminal justice system on these communities.She was executive director through 2001, returning in 2015 to assist the organization with fund development. LSPC pioneered work around women in prison, children of incarcerated parents, and the impact of the prison industrial complex on people of color, their children, families and communities. She is a Senior Soros Justice Fellow (1997), a MacArthur Fellow (1998) and, as one of 1000PeaceWomen, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (2005/2008). She is co-founder of National Network for Women in Prison, Critical Resistance, and the Criminal Justice Initiative Funding Circle. Ellen has written and spoken extensively on these issues and the relationship between race and mass incarceration. Now a “recovering lawyer,” she has brought over a dozen class action lawsuits on behalf of incarcerated parents and their children. Recently, as executive director of Insight Prison Project, she encouraged the growth of racial diversity among staff, board and volunteers in this restorative justice organization. She is a family member of people formerly incarcerated and in recovery, a mother of two amazing youth, a former Blues Club owner, and a recent convert to yoga.
Christine Cordero is an organizer, strategist, and public speaker. She has 20 years of experience in social justice sectors including environmental health and justice, youth organizing, and labor. From organizing environment, labor, and community coalitions – in the bay to the Philippines; to facilitating 200-person Occupy the Hood meetings; and participating in direct actions to stop wars at home and abroad – Christine believes in our collective power to imagine the world we need, to build it, and get free. Currently, she is the executive director at the Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS), where imagination builds power. CSS offers training and strategic support to social justice organizations and networks to use the power of narrative to change the story on the issues that matter most. She received a BA in Linguistics from Stanford University, with a concentration in language and power. She is also proud to serve on the Leadership Sangha (Board) of the East Bay Meditation Center, as well as the Advisory Board for the Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES).
For almost twenty years, Desiree Evans has worked with international and domestic human rights organizations as a journalist, human rights activist, and community organizer. Her work experiences range from reporting to advocacy around issues of gender justice, labor rights, civil rights, criminal justice reform, and economic justice — work that has required her to analyze the broader workings of international and domestic policy. Desiree serves as Director of Programs at Women With A Vision, Inc., based in New Orleans, where she has organized to elevate community voices, change punitive public policies, and fight for the health, livelihoods, and collective power of Black women in New Orleans and across the Deep South. In 2013, Desiree co-founded Wildseeds, a feminist-of-color collective that uses the literary arts as a resource for social change. In recent years, Desiree has also worked as a research associate at the Durham, North Carolina-based Institute for Southern Studies, where she reported on policy issues in the U.S. South, as well as at the Washington, D.C.-based TransAfrica Forum, where she was a lead researcher producing policy reports on economic and political issues concerning U.S. policy in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. As a journalist she has covered issues of race, poverty, and economic justice for such publications as Alternet, The Chicago Reporter, In These Times, The Indianapolis Star, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and others. Desiree holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL., and a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Human Rights from Columbia University in New York City.