CeCe McDonald

CeCe is an activist, speaker and icon in the LGBTQ community. Rising to international recognition after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, CeCe has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black & trans. CeCe has worked with Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis and is now working as youth organizer around gender and sexuality with The Link in Minnesota. She fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality and all violence and is the star of the recently released feature length documentary about her life & story, Free CeCe!

Mekayla Ichneumon Beaver

Mekayla is the founder of Gloworm, a network of top creative professionals who are committed to finding innovative ways to bring about Radical Change. Mekayla is a design researcher and human factors specialist focused on tackling social and environmental problems.

Mekayla has worked with fortune 500s, start-ups, local communities, non-profits, universities, and government to create positive change in the world by building capacity, teaching innovation, guiding teams to innovative and effective solutions, and engaging stakeholders through participatory design. Before starting her own consultancy, Mekayla worked for many years as a lead design strategist at IDEO, a world renowned hub of design thinking and innovation.

 

Amelie Ratliff

Amelie grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, spent six formative years in the 1970s in Berkeley, CA, and has lived in Boston since 1978. Since leaving the south she’s made it a point to support the work of progressive organizers and organizations across the region, including Highlander Research and Education Center, Project South, and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

As a person with more than she needs, Amelie has been philanthropically focused and made strategic alliances with networks of donors to increase the impact of her giving. She worked with Resource Generation, the Women Donors Network, and Threshold Foundation to raise $3 million to be distributed by the Twenty-First Century Foundation to grassroots organizations and organizers in the post-Katrina and -Rita Gulf South. She routinely hosts groups for fundraisers at her house and has for years housed visiting artists, interns, and board members for local, national, and international organizations needing space in Boston. Currently she supports Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), with whom she hosts monthly SURJ brunches to bring new folks into the organization. 

 

Phillip "UcciKhan" Sample 

Phillip (author, artist, activist and formerly incarcerated person) was born to a single young mother December 10, 1975 in impoverished Detroit Michigan. He was raised between the slums of Detroit, Michigan and the gang ridden Southside of Chicago, Illinois. As a result of dysfunctional and unstable housing, ill-education and violence, Phillip became his environment. He joined a gang at 11 years of age and became the leader of his own gang by the time he was 14. Phillip caught his first felony as a juvenile and continued to expand his criminal record until he was convicted of 3 counts of assault with intent to commit murder at 18 years of age and sentenced to 12-20 years in the MDOC. While in prison he began to undergo self-evaluation and inevitably would begin the process of self-transformation. He became heavily involved with prison politics and experienced the horrors of incarceration to the fullest extent. Released after serving 15 years, Phillip has returned to society with intent to amend his past actions and contribute to the re-building of the community he helped to destroy. He is currently the owner of The Passion of The Life LLC.; Founder/Executive Director of RAHAM Inc. and Co-Owner of HMI Ent. The first installment of his autobiography, The Passion of The Life; Pt.1 The Life is now available @Amazon.com. Phil joined the CJI Circle in 2015.