Fresco Steez is a community organizer, educator, and aesthetic designer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is honored to be an organizer with Black Youth Project 100. She has fought for freedom with young Black people for over a decade. Fresco organizes for liberation through a Black Queer feminist lens and is committed to dismantling anti-Blackness through a systemic approach to the issues that impact Black communities. She’s worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. She deeply believes in building an alternative practice to the carceral state with tools like restorative and transformative justice, and she’s lead multiple campaigns around dismantling the school to prison pipeline to reimagine the education system for young Black people. Fresco has served as a youth legal advocate for the Know Your Rights Project, a Junior Grant Officer for the Chicago Crossroads Fund, and a coder and analytics scientist with Code for Progress. Fresco is inspired by unapologetically Black political heroes like Assata Shakur, Ella Baker, Audre Lorde, and Harriet Tubman. She is rooted in the fight for Black Liberation and freedom for all oppressed people and provides an intersectional young, Black, queer, analysis to the struggle for justice in local and national political climates. Her relentless passion for transformative justice guides her work towards decriminalizing Blackness in America. She currently creates as the Digital Strategist for BYP100.

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THREAT MODELING & SWOT PLANNING

At ReFrame, drawing from our experiences inside of other crisis moments, two of the tools we’ve been using to coordinate

Tim Buckingham

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

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.

Sidney Fang

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.

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