Aaron Johnson is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Porsha Beed is an intimate activist and mentor who specializes in teaching young people and adults about the importance of deep human connection, holistic resistance, and the importance of self-love and resiliency. She is passionate about dismantling racism and oppression. As an earth builder and integrator of race, she strives to build a lifelong community to end racism. Her love for the Earth and for intentional community is the nest in which Porsha has chosen to fight systems of oppression.
Jennie Pearl is a facilitator, yoga teacher, and bodyworker. She is committed to bridging the gap between racial justice and healing work. She founded and facilitates Wake Up: a group for white-identified people who want to unlearn their racism, unpack their privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the inside out. She believes deep, inner work is a necessary, yet often overlooked aspect of the work white people must do in order to dismantle racism. Jennie is currently located in the Bay Area.
Dylan Wilder Quinn
Dylan Wilder Quinn (they/he/she) looks to connect deeply with everyone who wants to create a world based in justice and connection that we know is possible. Their combination of life experiences as a childhood abuse survivor and holding both oppressed and oppressor identities informs their liberation work with people across many different identities, focusing first on trauma healing, surviving, and thriving. They believe that connection and closeness are necessary to see oppression crumble. Growing up in a hyper-racist, hyper-homophobic area, they believe that white people need to connect with each other through support rather than shame and blame to keep each other committed to undoing our own racism and to grow the white anti-racist movement. They are especially passionate about bringing fellow trans, queer, and disabled white people along in seeing how our own liberation and mental wholeness is deeply tied to ending white supremacy, while centering POC liberation. Read more, including my lineage of teachers and colleagues, at www.dylanwilderquinn.com.