July 13, 2020
Black Lives Matter is more than a slogan. It is a movement of people fighting for liberty, justice, and freedom. Black Lives Matter Long Beach is, as they describe, “…a local organizing effort … in solidarity with the national, U.S.-based, #BlackLivesMatter movement.” The organizers are clear about their goals and mission as a Black-led organization that is “…queer, women, and working-class affirming and seeks Black liberation, and accordingly liberation for all people.”
Dawn Modkins is a mom of Black boys, business owner, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Long Beach Chapter and Original National Organizing Director of the BLM Global Network. Audrena Redmond, M.A., is Program Director for anti-racism social justice work with the California Faculty Association (CFA).
More on Dawn Modkins
“Her life’s work has been grounded in fighting for working class people. Her career began as a union steward with Communication workers of America CWA. She helped fight for and win the very first union contract for security workers at LAX and other airports with Service Employees International Union SEIU. She’s been a national teaching fellow introducing college students to organizing with the American Federation of Labor. She’s led civic engagement campaigns including re-election efforts of President Barack Obama as the organizing director at Strategic concepts in organizing and policy education SCOPE LA.”
More on Audrena Redmond, M.A.
“Her work includes identifying policy and practice changes, developing and facilitates anti-racism workshops, the biennial equity conference, and hosting a podcast, Radio Free CSU. For many years she also organized the annual Leadership Institute for newly elected officers and member activists.
For nearly a decade, Audrena has been a member of the Beautiful Struggle Live radio show collective. The show airs at 7 PM Tuesday nights on 90.7 FM KPFK Los Angeles and discusses social, political and economic issues, history, thought, inspiration, art, and resistance issues of importance to African Americans. Her work as a member of the radio show collective made her a natural fit to host the CFA’s Radio Free CSU podcast available on SoundCloud and at www.calfac.org/radio-free-csu.”
More on Melissa Morgan
“Melissa has a rich history of work in education, diversity and inclusion, civil rights, and youth-serving nonprofits. She is a relationship builder and solution seeker who values working closely with community leaders and institutions, businesses, philanthropists, grassroots groups, faith leaders, youth, and people of many backgrounds to find common ground and collaborative opportunities for the common good.
Morgan is dedicated to the betterment of our communities through the delivery of engaging leadership training, interactive strategic planning, dialogue-based human relations programming and community service projects. Inspired by the values of compassion, equity, inclusion, restorative justice, respect and dignity — she aspires to bridge understanding between people in workplaces, schools and communities.”