Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson
Author, educator and founder of Black Skeptics Group and Black Skeptics Los Angeles. She is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP), a high school black feminist of color mentoring program in South Los Angeles. Sikivu is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars and Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels. Sikivu is also a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire. Her novel, White Nights, Black Paradise, on Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacrewas published in 2015 and the play adaptation was mounted in 2018 through Third Rail Alive Productions.
A former law enforcement officer who raises awareness about the history and problem of mass-incarceration through presentations, group discussions, and volunteering at organizations that are working to counter its negative impact.
Liz Ross is a food justice advocate and co-creator of the People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference. Liz studied organic farming at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems and provides workshops on veganic composting and gardening, while providing information about the exploitation of humans and animals in factory farms.
A documentary film researcher, screenwriter and book editor. Her primary focus is mental health issues within the African-American community, related to long-term physical and sexual abuse within families from a non-religious perspective. Toni has an M.F.A. in creative writing and a Master’s degree in MAT-TESOL. Toni also writes for the blog, “The Body is Not an Apology”.
A social worker in the field of social services. Jennifer is also a part-time student at Touro University working on her Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy. Jennifer is training to be a therapist at a local clinic in Los Angeles.