David J. Buchanan is a writer/director based out of Minneapolis Minnesota whose work includes Rideshare, See You Soon, and the upcoming feature film BLACK.
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Michelle Gross is co-founder and president of Communities United Against Police Brutality. She has a 40 year history as an activist and community organizer involved in a number of social justice issues, including anti-racism, political prisoner support, criminal justice reform and reproductive rights work. A retired health care worker, she now works as a paralegal.
Dr. Raj Sethuraju
Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University
Dr. Raj is a recovering criminologist, alcoholic, and survivor of sexual abuse, with over 20 years of community-based activism as a researcher and educator. Inspired by the resilience of our youth and the men in our prison systems, he trains school staff, probation agents, community members, and justice personnel on restorative practices, trauma and healing, value centered leadership, community building and unpacking implicit biases and raising consciousness utilizing restorative practices. In his latest work, Dr. Raj explores the depths of our justice system and creates a framework in which consciousness becomes the roots of our practices.
Monique Cullars-Doty is the Aunt of Marcus Golden, killed by Saint Paul Police Officers Jeromy Doverspike and Dan Peck on January 14, 2015. Marcus was unarmed for 11 hours. SPPD buried Marcus in lies but his family and friends buried Marcus with love.
Monique knows the importance of community support first hand and is grateful for all the individuals, community leaders, and organizations that stood up to counter the false and inconsistent SPPD narrative surrounding Marcus’s death. Monique is dedicated to creating and supporting platforms centered on justice for police homicide victims of all colors, support for their families and police accountability, to address issues painfully unique to police homicides.
Monique’s community support does not stop there as she believes ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ and supports the work of various organizations to connect the struggles of people of color, the working class, poor people and clean water. Intersectional activism support key to building a sustainable movement for liberation from oppression.
Organizations: Justice 4 Marcus Golden, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities Metro, Black Lives Matter Minnesota, Industrial Workers of the World Local 14, IWW General Defense Committee and Blue LIES Matter.
D.A. Bullock is a community organizer who uses art to supplant narratives of hopelessness with ones that promote and inspire collective understanding. He wants to foster a radical reimagining of north Minneapolis that impacts how long-standing community issues are addressed. He seeks to develop new social art and engagement practices to affect public policy change in the areas of criminal justice, economic development and social and racial justice. With his Bush Fellowship, he will lay the groundwork and prepare to study at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.