Recording August 27, 2022
We all win when we all win…together: intergenerationally and intersectionally — connecting and organizing across age, class, race, gender, geographical, political, and policy lines, based on our shared pro-justice values.
(See bios below)
Designed and curated by younger and older social justice activists and organization leaders, the goals of the Intergenerational Social Justice Summit include recognizing the challenges and opportunities that wrap around all of our lives; creating deeper understanding, trust, and connection across age, race, class, and gender/gender identity lines. Based on shared vision, values, and strategies, putting into motion the structure and process for building the intergenerational power to achieve Transformative Justice for All.
Pass code: v53CT*FX
Panel Topics: Defining our goals
1. Intergenerational Communications and Relationship Building in a Divided Society
2. Intergenerational Strategy-Building to
Win Justice for All
3. Re-Visioning Social Justice
Across All Generations and Justice Campaigns
4. Toward an Intergenerational Unity Statement and Dynamic Future
Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. (He, him) is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and has also studied at Hebrew University (1990). He is an ordained Baptist minister and presently serves as Associate Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary. MORE.
Alex Deitrich-Cortez (She/her) is a White, neurodivergent, queer woman of 20th-century, working-class immigrant descent. She got her start in social justice and equity in her high school years. She later expanded into electoral politics with the Bernie 2016 campaign. Now a civil service worker and union member, she aims to bridge the generational gap in healthcare reform dialogues. Her primary interests in working with OPS are in consolidating power across voting blocs and promoting policies that integrate multiple dimensions of wellness in public health administration.
Claude Burfect (He, him) is First Vice President of the Seattle/King County NAACP and has been an NAACP member since 1957. He has degrees in Political Science as well as Communication among others from the University of Washington. Claude has worked for the Seattle Times, Madrona Middle School, and Boeing Aerospace, all while supporting and participating in organizations fighting for equality, fair labor practices and voter education/turnout.
Egberto Willies (He, him) is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Egberto is an ardent Progressive that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is “political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship”. He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to accumulate wealth while the rest are left out because it is mathematically impossible to catch up. [LinkedIn profile]
Paul Blundell is an Amazon warehouse worker in southern New Jersey who, along with his co-workers, has been organizing with Amazonians United for over two years. Amazonians United South Jersey has won policy changes and safety improvements through collective direct action like petitions and marches on the boss. Amazonians United is a national network of Amazon workers who organize on the shop floor to build worker power at work and to win concessions from the boss through direct action. Paul is also active in Philly DSA.
Kristin Volchansky (She, her) is an organizer for social justice issues and candidates in Pennsylvania. She managed a grassroots state senate campaign against a seventeen-year incumbent, raising over $25,000 during the campaign, in the midst of a pandemic. She cultivates working relationships with area businesses, local media and community organizations. She has spearheaded methods of text, phone banking and social media voter outreach. Organized socially distanced campaign events such as a drive-in movie fundraiser, virtual parades and Facebook town halls.
Andrea Miller (She, her) is a senior advisor to OPS and a veteran social justice strategist and organizer. In 2019 she had a major role in making Action Network the core element of OPS organizing and communication. She is a founding board member and digital strategist for the Center for Common Ground. MORE.
Lydia Guzman (She, her) BA English & Spanish, MS Spanish, MED Public School Administration- serves as President of the Health Care for All Colorado Advocacy Board (HCAC). Lydia was born and raised in Texas and lives in Denver. She has a son who lives in Texas. She is a retired educator, most recently serving in the Denver Metro area school districts as a teacher, High School Principal, Assistant Principal and a school district Chief Program Officer. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Health Care for All Colorado (HCAC) for the past 13 years. She served as Chair of the Denver Chapter of HCAC. She has been a diligent activist for health care reform in Colorado. MORE.
Ajay Marwaha M.D. (He, him) is a physician who believes that high-quality and affordable healthcare is a human right. He advocates for expanding affordable, equitable, portable, and high-quality health insurance coverage to everyone in America in their spare time.
Ajay believes that, as the wealthiest nation in the world, America has the ability to achieve this. MORE.
Michele Hamilton (She, her) is Assistant Director of Shelter Services at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, an organization that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Michele lives in Centre County, PA, and supports many local progressive and human service programs. She currently serves as the Vice President of the PA National Organization for Women. MORE.
Jack Hendricks (He, him)“After retiring from teaching high school chemistry in 1999, He turned his attention to political action hoping to preserve the environment. This led to involvement in Healthcare for All PA, helping publicize and lobby for universal healthcare. Now 85, he is a member of the old generation, dealing with health issues, and hoping to be of some use.”
Nox Shou / 蘓章良 (They/them/theirs) is a Philadelphia-based farmer, philosopher, aesthetician, artist, activist, filmmaker, and self-styled polymath and psychopomp of Teochew-Chinese descent. They run Crow’s Rest Farm, an urban micro-farm in South Philly. Nox practices regenerative, organic, urban micro-farming with the use of permaculture methods. Their goal is to teach people to grow their own food and shake off the toxic dependence on supermarkets and industrially produced food.
Justin Meszler (He, him) coordinates between the policy and phone bank branches of the Center for Common Ground, assists with day-to-day operations, and facilitates daily communications with CCG volunteers.
My name is Ilyas Khan (They/them), I’m an 18 year old Muslim Latine Youth Climate Activist. I’m originally from Buffalo, New York. I organized climate strikes there from the end of 2018 til the end of 2020 and thereafter moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I’ve organized with the youth climate organization Sunrise Pittsburgh ever since. This coming year I’ll be a freshman at Carnegie Mellon
Peter Olney (He, him) is the retired Director of Organizing for theInternational Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Olney hasbeen part of the labor movement for over 50 years. He has workedfor numerous labor unions as an organizer and negotiator. Sincecoming to California in 1983 he has focused his work on building organization in the immigrant working class. From 2001 until 2004 Olney was the Associate Director of the University of California’s Institute for Labor and Employment(ILE). Olney has a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA. He resides in San Francisco, California.
Daye Pope (She/her) is a gender justice advocate who has been organizing LGBTQ communities for over a decade to change narratives, oppose discriminatory laws, and fight for equality. As Director of Civic Engagement with TAKE, a trans-led organization, Daye works to get trans and nonbinary communities more deeply engaged in the political process.
Chuck Pennacchio, Ph.D.,(He, his) is a 48-year organizer for issues, candidates, and unions; associate professor of history and politics at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; president of the One Payer States network; senior advisor to Healthcare for All Pennsylvania; co-facilitator of Our Revolution PA; founder of the Justice for All Network; producer of the single-payer documentary “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point”; former aide to four U.S. Senators and one U.S. House Member; 2006 Democratic candidate for the United States Senate (PA); 2016 Bernie Sanders delegate; and author/co-author of several books, book chapters, and articles on U.S. and European history, U.S. healthcare, and U.S. politics. More importantly, Chuck is the father of two children, Sophia and Ben, who are also politically and intellectually engaged citizens.
Mission: We are committed to winning Universal Transformative Justice, working across all generations, justice issues, demographic lines, and communications barriers.
The United States is a fundamentally just and nurturing society, a truly responsible citizen among and between the nations, tribes, and peoples of the world, and is a faithfully dedicated steward of the earth.
Existential Hot-Button Issues:
Climate Change and Fascism. We must clearly define, confront, and reverse structural Fascism, i.e., systems of State-Corporatism, White Supremacism, Religious Nationalism, and more. Simultaneously, we need a radical re-think on the strategy for tackling the Climate Change emergency .
We will have a working list of several prominent speakers and panelists that we’ll be announcing in the coming days and weeks. The faster the registration numbers pick up, the greater the likelihood we will land most, if not all, of the people on our wish-list, and that, in turn, will drive further registration.
For the Intergenerational Justice Summit organizing team of Andrea, Alex(andra), Tom, Mike, Rodney, Bob, Lynn, Peter, Caroline, Justin, Josi, Gabe, and Kristin, thank you for supporting this vital organizing work.