2008 Fellows

Boston, MA - Aaron Tanaka is the founding Executive Director of the Boston Workers'Alliance (BWA), a grassroots union of under- and unemployed workers based in Boston's low income communities of color. Aaron has helped develop BWA's Worker Center, organizing campaigns and economic development projects, and supervises a 6-person staff. BWA...
Oakland, CA - Ashel Eldridge aka Seasunz, originally from Chicago is a frontman emcee, vocalist, producer, and the founder of Earth Amplified. Based in Oakland, he performs and presents his conscious music, poetry and spiritual activism nationally. Seasunz has shared stages with the likes of Bassnectar, Wisdom, Dead Prez, Midnite, Blackalicious,...
Milwaukee, WI - Rob 'Biko' Baker is the Executive Director of The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF), an organization created to empower young people to be players and winners in the democratic process nationwide. Biko has been with the LYVEF since its inception, first as an innovative organizer...
St. Paul, MN - Camille Cyprian is currently the SNAP Outreach Manager at Second Harvest Heartland, where she works with the government and organizations to assist families and individuals gain access to food. Prior to joining Second Harvest Heartland, Camille worked at Wellstone Action for 4 years. Camille is a graduate...
Pittsburgh, PA - Chester Thrower is a champion of the green economy, becoming a Fellow of the Green for All Academy in 2008 and subsequently becoming trained in solar panel installation and repair and continuing his training with SEI (Solar Energy International), the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority Green Jobs...
Philadelphia, PA - David H. Dix has been deeply involved in local, state and national politics since he was a teenager. He has helped lead congressional, gubernatorial, and senatorial campaigns. He has also worked for the Republican National Convention, for the Pennsylvania League of Young Voters and President-elect Barack Obama's...
New York, NY - Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is author of the acclaimed book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet." For the past ten years, ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people.Ibrahim's dedication...
Brooklyn, NY - “It is not every day that an artist achieves the ability to stir the heart and soul through song and vibration. My heart has not yet stopped stirring since I have heard Jennifer Johns." KRS-One This standout songstress has toured with and opened shows for some of...
Albuquerque, NM - Juan Reynosa is a born and raised New Mexican who enjoys working on social justice issues, working with youth to develop their skills, and working on pieces of policy to help lift up his community. He has been involved in a variety of organizing work in his...
Chicago, IL - Jumaani Bates is a community advocate for environmental issues in the city of Chicago. Currently, Jumaani holds a position as Economic/ Infrastructure committee chair for the 24th Ward. He has been involved in horticulture and urban agriculture for the past six years, dealing with sustainable sites and...

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