Exploring the narrative weather of Covid-19. The Rona Report is a project of ReFrame and Solea Signals. COVID time is confusing. It can feel like light speed and sloth slow all at once. The same goes for public debate at this time; trending concepts like “flatten the curve” and “Grandma Killer” can appear and disappear within days and weeks, […]
At ReFrame, drawing from our experiences inside of other crisis moments, two of the tools we’ve been using to coordinate our team in the time of COVID-19 is individual and organizational threat modeling & SWOT planning. Threat ModelingThreat modeling is a practice to prepare individuals and organizations in the event of threat – like the […]
We are here with you. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone who is struggling right now. Like many people across the country, at ReFrame, we are sorting through the many layers of worry and stress to prepare. We are shoring up our staff and networks to survive this crisis, and to lean into the […]
I currently live in Lexington Kentucky with my partner, Amy, our daughter Joleigh, our son Hagan, and our dog Ellie. I joined KFTC staff as a Communication Associate in 2007. I am primarily involved in materials and message production with a leg immersed in grassroots fundraising. I have MA in Critical Media Studies from the University of Kentucky. I’m active in local community organizing around equal access to transportation. I’m a founding member of the amazing Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop (thebrokespoke.org).
Tori Cress is an Anishinaabe mother of two, from Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, Ontario, Canada. Tori has been organizing Idle No More events around Ontario since the rise of the Idle No More movement in November 2012. Tori works part-time for Idle No More in an administrative role and spends much of the rest of her time volunteering for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. She works with others on the Idle No More communications team and the development committee. Tori also drives a taxi cab in small town Midland to help fund grassroots work locally.
Steven Renderos is the Organizing Director at the Center for Media Justice. He is passionate about the role of media and communications in building movements for social change. He’s been a community organizer for the past 10 years leading campaigns for affordable housing, immigrant rights and most recently communication rights. He helped lead CMJ’s advocacy and organizing efforts to win reforms that have made phone calls from prisons more affordable and the Internet more open and affordable. Previously, Steven led the Media Justice program at Main Street Project in Minneapolis, MN where he helped jumpstart a local collaborative that will be applied for a radio license in the fall 2013. Steven aka DJRen is also the co-founder of Radio Pocho, a collaborative of [email protected] radio DJs in Minneapolis whose mission is to explore the musical roots of Latinx raised in the United States.Steven grew up in from Los Angeles, CA where he currently resides.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sydney is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and refugees. She is the Communications Associate at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Prior to APEN, she served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the United Way of King County in Seattle and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement in Washington, D.C.. Sydney’s communications expertise comes from her time as a Communications Intern with Grassroots Change and her experience as a spokesperson on issues of campus diversity. Sydney graduated in 2012 from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health and a Public Policy minor. She began her activist career as a student leader in multicultural campus coalitions, where she focused on recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented Asian Pacific Islanders and served as a student senator. Sydney has also organized Chinese home care workers and served as a City of Berkeley Community Health Commissioner. She was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow and a Bridges to Health Academy Associate at the Greenlining Institute. In her spare time, Sydney runs Lake Merritt, cooks Chinese food, and does neighborhood organizing against displacement.
Rebecca Harris is the Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, which supports day laborers and domestic workers in creating safer workplaces, developing their leadership and building a larger movement for immigrants and workers rights. Since joining Latino Union in late 2014, Rebecca has doubled the organization’s individual giving, increased supporter engagement and expanded Latino Union’s use of earned media. Before Rebecca joined Latino Union, she worked as an investigative journalist covering Chicago Public Schools. When not at work, she enjoys hiking and dancing.
Nailah Summers is the Communications Director for the Dream Defenders and is also a founding member of the Florida-based organization. As the Communications Director, Nailah links the community organizing Dream Defenders does with culture and history to reach a wide range of black and brown Florida youth. She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Miami. Nailah attended the University of Florida, where she majored in African American Studies with a minor in Philosophy. As a student, Nailah founded the Gainesville chapter of the Dream Defenders, and was involved in the school’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program where she traveled to the Mississippi Delta to conduct interviews with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. Prior to rejoining the Dream Defenders as the Comms Director, Nailah was the Coordinator for the Civic Media Center, a community-run library, info shop, performance venue and activism space and briefly worked as a Communications Specialist at United Way of North Central Florida.