Meet the Organizers

Free Minds, Free People is organized by a large team of volunteers from across the country–teachers, students, activists, academics and parents.

Check out those organizers below, or click here to see the organizers on a map!

Alejandra Reynoso
FMFP is one of the few spaces where I feel unbridled hope, where every moment feels like joyful resistance.

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Anita Chikkatur
Carleton College - Minneapolis, MN
Excited to play a part in bringing together people who define education as the practice of freedom.

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Asif Wilson
Harold Washington College, Teachers for Social Justice - Chicago, IL
FMFP is a space where we engage in praxis--actively building the sort of world we want to live in.
Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price
MapSO Freedom School/EduColor/National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action - New Jersey
I am excited about reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and sowing the seeds for future friendships unknown to me.

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Biba Fullon
Education for Liberation Network - Valley Cottage, NY
Brian Ford
Center For Social Justice, Teachers Undoing Racism Now - Montclair, NJ
Free Minds, Free People is home. It's special. It brings together folks dedicated to education for liberation and amplifies crucial voices. I can't imagine my path as an educator-activist without it.

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Brian Lozenski
The Education for Liberation Network - St. Paul, MN via Philadelphia
FMFP gives me life! It is one of the most unique spaces dedicated to the Freedom struggle in education. We celebrate each other and form solidarity through strategizing and skill-building.
Christina "V" Villarreal
Brown University - Providence, RI
Working to organizing FMFP is truly a labor of radical love. The healing space that FMFP offers for educators, organizers and young people is unlike any other and I deeply love and appreciate the opportunity to work and build alongside such amazing gamechangers.
cory cochrane
Social Justice Education Movement (Twin Cities, MN)
Curtis Acosta
Acosta Educational Partnership and the University of Arizona - Arizona
FMFP is a space that challenges, re-energizes, and inspires all of us to work in solidarity toward liberation through education.

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Daniel Morales
Minneapolis, MN
We need children, youth, parents, teachers and communities in charge of justice-oriented education.

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Carolina Valdez
People's Education Movement
Denisha Jones
Trinity Washington University
Hana Dinku
Solidarity Twin Cities, In Black Ink & Augsburg University - Minneapolis, MN
I'm helping to organize FMFP because I'm excited to connect with my people in the Twin Cities and build community with folks doing incredible work all over the country. Free Minds Free People is like the critical consciousness cookout; come get some fat on your head!

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Heather H. Woodley
NYU Steinhardt
Heidi Affi
Minneapolis, MN
Jamilyn Salonga Bailey
Caylao - Orlando, FL
Excited to reconnect, to build and to imagine together.
Jason Moore
Oakland University - Ann Arbor, MI
The people and the work give me so much hope.

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Jay Gillen
Baltimore Algebra Project
FMFP is the most vibrant and action-oriented gathering of people committed to un-doing/re-doing how we raise children to be free.

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Jennifer Etienne
University of Minnesota Twin Cities via Bronx, NY
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Jose Alvillar
Navigate MN - Minneapolis, MN
I love working in a community filled with amazing folks that are working on so many amazing things across the country.
Keith Catone
Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) - Cranston, RI
Good people. Good work. Good times. Getting free.
Lars Esdal
Education Evolving - St. Paul, MN
Love being a part of and learning from a community of so many inspiring people doing education for liberation work.
Lilly Padia
New York University, Bronx, NY
Lindsey M. Allen
Washington, DC
FMFP is a space for community in the pursuit of forming a just society.
Marika Pfefferkorn
Twin Cities Innovation Alliance / MidwestCenter for School Transformation
FMFP presents a great opportunity to lift up the national movement of education liberation and energize our local education liberation work here at home.

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Muneer Karcher-Ramos
Saint Paul, MN
FMFP is a grassroots movement space for liberation through education and radically re-imagining the alternatives that give me life.

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Nick Henning
California State University, Fullerton - Los Angeles
So excited to be a part of bringing this powerful grassroots conference to my hometown. MPS 4 life!
Njeri Parker
Chicago, IL
Nyla Bell
Philadelphia Student Union
Rahsaan Mahadeo
Georgetown University, University of Minnesota, and Social Justice Education Movement (SJEM) - Twin Cities, MN
Why I organize with FMFP: Because when the hand (education system) that feeds you is feeding you ish, you have no other choice to bite it!

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Rebecca Irby
PEAC Institute Peace Education & Art Communication - Montclair, NJ
I can be fully me and have found others who know there is much hard work to do to bring liberation to all but are happy and excited to do it! FMFP feels like home.
René Ly
SFUSD/People’s Education Movement - San Francisco, CA
I love organizing across the country towards a collective effort towards more love, liberation, and resistance.

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Ro Lin
Minnesota Transitions School, Social Justice Education Movement - Minneapolis, MN
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Rose Brewer
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
I believe our educational work goes to the heart of human liberation and if done right can be transformational.

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Sarah Garton
Twin Cities Social Justice Education Movement - Minneapolis, MN
I am so excited to be a part of my first FMFP! I can't wait to spend a weekend with my people--learning, loving and building together.
Susan Wilcox
SEW Consulting, FireBeads Media
FMFP is a homecoming and organizing it is one of the most collaborative, democratizing, humanizing spaces I’ve been involved with.

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Tarilyn
ExpandED Schools/NYC Educators for Black Lives - Brooklyn, NY
Excited to cultivate space for radical love and healing, transformative learning, and intergenerational community-building with family from across the country.

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Teddy Chao
The Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
It brings together all my heroes.

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Thomas Nikundiwe
Education for Liberation Network
No matter where FMFP is held, it always feels like home. Very much looking forward to making a new home in the Twin Cities this year!
Tonya Walls
Touro University Nevada - Las Vegas
I am committed to liberation through education and supporting the work of FMFP allows me to walk the talk of this praxis. It also supports the organizing and advocacy work I engage with Code Switch: Restorative Justice for Girls of Color and Teachers for Social Justice Las Vegas.
Tracy Pham
Neighborhood House - St. Paul, MN
Valerie Taylor
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Zakiya Sankara-Jabar
Racial Justice NOW! Ohio and and Dignity in Schools Campaign