Conference schedule

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All events will occur in Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 29.

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  • 10:30AM - 10:45AM > Reception 

  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM > Welcome

    • Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

  • 11:00AM - 11:30AM > Opening Session: Why Consistency Matters in the Effort for Human Rights

    • Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

  • 11:30AM - 12:15PM > panel: Police, Prisons, and the Death Penalty

    • Hannah Cox, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

    • Zuri Davis, Reason

    • Miea Walker, Forward Justice

  • 12:15PM - 1:00PM > Panel: Pro-Life Perspectives 

    • Kristen Day, Democrats for Life of America

    • Tom Shakely, Americans United for Life

    • Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco

  • 1:00PM - 1:15PM > Break 

  • 1:15PM - 1:45PM > ideologies Breakout Session 

    • ​A: Feminism and the Consistent Life Ethic

      • Rachel Peller, Activist 

    • B: The Non-Aggression Principle and the Consistent Life Ethic

      • Tony Guajardo, Young Americans for Liberty​

  • 1:45PM - 2:15PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 1 

    • A: Incarceration

      • Robert Saleem Holbrook, Amistad Law Center & the Human Rights Coalition

    • B: Healing After Abortion

      • Serena Dyksen, She Found His Grace

  • 2:15PM - 2:30PM > Break

  • 2:30 - 3:00PM > Lived Experiences Breakout Session 2 

    • A: Ableism

      • Beth Fox, Rehumanize International

    • B: Sexual Violence

      • Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International

  • 3:00PM - 3:45PM > Keynote: Can War Ever be Just?

    • David Swanson, World Beyond War

  • 3:45PM - 4:00PM > Break

  • 4:00PM - 4:30PM > History Breakout Session 

    • A: Torture

      • Josie Setzler, Witness Against Torture

    • B: U.S. Immigration Policy

      • Mikhayla Stover, Academic 

  • 4:15PM - 5:00PM > Action Breakout Session 1

    • A: Abolishing War

      • Greta Zarro, World Beyond War

    • B: Dismantling Racism

      • Ismail Smith-Wade-El, City Councilmember 

  • 5:00PM - 5:45PM > keynote: Not Dead Yet: Ableism, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide

    • John Kelly, Not Dead Yet​

  • 5:45PM - 6:15 PM > Action Breakout Session 2

    • A: Activism

      • Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life San Francisco

    • B: Creative Expression

      • Maria Oswalt, Rehumanize International

      • Sarah Terzo, PLAGAL+ & Live Action

  • 6:15PM - 6:30PM > Closing Remarks

    • Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International

  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM > Create | Encounter Release Party and Happy Hour at Home

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meet the speakers

Terrisa Bukovinac

Pro-Life San Francisco

Terrisa is an atheist, feminist, vegan, Democrat, and a consistent life activist. She is also a co-leader of Secular Pro-Life and serves on the board of Rehumanize International. Terrisa graduated at the top of her class from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and has over 15 years experience in business and team management with several fortune 500 companies. She is an active mentor for the Students for Life Wilberforce Fellowship and speaks to pro-life groups throughout California on secular and millennial outreach. Her efforts have been featured in major media outlets such as NBC News Now, the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Slate, Refinery29, Daily Signal, & the Christian Post. She resides in the Tenderloin with her two cats.

Kristen Day

Democrats for Life of America

Kristen Day is the Executive Director of Democrats For Life (DFLA) and the leading voice for the 1 in 3 Democrats who identify as pro-life. DFLA promotes a Pro-Life for the Whole Life philosophy and works to end violence against human life in all its forms without discrimination. Kristen Day, previously served as Chief of Staff to pro-life Michigan Democrat Jim Barcia.

Herb Geraghty

Rehumanize International

Herb Geraghty is the Director of Communications of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. Herb is a passionate and engaging advocate for the Consistent Life Ethic with an academic background in rhetoric and politics. Herb’s unique position as a politically independent pro-life atheist has broken down barriers to reach demographics that are often untapped by the mainstream pro-life movement. Herb has a passion for building bridges and finding common ground with people across the political spectrum to call everyone to a greater consistency in the fight for human rights

John Kelly

Not Dead Yet

Boston-based disability rights activist and writer John B. Kelly is a longtime member of Not Dead Yet. As someone commonly referred to as “paralyzed from the neck down” from a spinal cord injury, John was influenced by the writings of Paul Longmore about the “right to die” cases of the 1980s and 90s – people with similar disabilities who were put on the fast track to death while being denied the resources to live.

As director of Second Thoughts MA: Disability Rights Advocates Against Assisted Suicide, John has again and again helped stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Massachusetts. In 2012, he squared off thrice against assisted suicide proponent Dr. Marcia Angell, and more recently his work has been featured in outlets such as as the Boston GlobeWorcester Telegram, CNN’s “United Shades Of America,” WSHU-AM in CT, and elsewhere. John has a Masters degree in Sociology from Brandeis.

Maria Oswalt

Rehumanize International

Maria is a dedicated activist and artist. She cut her teeth as a graphic design student at The University of Alabama, where she oversaw the creative direction of four student magazines while also doing contract design work for Rehumanize's Life Matters Journal. In addition, she participated in the Students for Life Wilberforce fellowship and led her university's pro-life student group, Bama Students for Life, before graduating in 2017. She was hired on to the Rehumanize International team as the Director of Creative Projects in September 2018. 

Ismail Smith-Wade-El

City Councilmember

Ismail Smith-Wade-El is a researcher, writer, and development professional dedicated to issues of the common good. As a Councilman in the City of Lancaster, it is his privilege to work to create a city that puts people first. Exceptionally passionate for issues around housing, social services, and policing, Ismail recognizes and advocates for human dignity as a priority in all areas of policy and legislation.

Sarah Terzo

PLAGAL+ and Live Action

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action News and the creator of the pro-life website ClinicQuotes. She is on the board of the Consistent Life Network and the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL+). She has also published poetry and fiction and won Rehumanize International's Create Encounter contest for poetry in 2018.

Greta Zarro

World Beyond War

Greta Zarro has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She then pursued a master’s in Food Studies at New York University before accepting a full-time community organizing job with leading non-profit Food & Water Watch. There, she worked on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. She and her partner currently live in an off-grid tiny home on their organic fruit and vegetable farm in Upstate New York. Greta can be reached at greta@worldbeyondwar.org.

Hannah Cox

CCATDP

Hannah Cox is the National Manager for Conservatives Concerned Against the Death Penalty. She comes to CCATDP from the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a free market think tank that works to advance limited government and individual liberty. She previously worked with the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Entertainment One. Hannah graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Belmont University and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for This Is Living Ministries, a Tennessee nonprofit that works with women struggling with addiction who are leaving the criminal justice system.

Serena Dyksen

She Found His Grace

Serena was raped by a relative at the age of 13 and taken for abortion. What was suppose to fix her trauma only added more trauma. When she was 16 she became pregnant again and went to Planned Parenthood where they told her she was young, poor and in school and should abort. She knew she would never abort again. That day she chose life. After 20 plus years of carrying her pain of abortion she found healing and her voice to share her story. She is the founder of She Found His Grace ministry and the author She Found His Grace, A True Story of Hope, Love and Forgiveness After Abortion. She travels the country to tell her story to bring awareness to the harm abortion causes to women and how to find healing. She also serves on the Teen and Adult Challenge board. 

Tony Guajardo

Young Americans for Liberty

Tony Guajardo has been involved in politics since fall of 2012, getting his start as an intern for the now-retired Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez (TX 20-D). The seeds of liberty were planted within him after viewing Ron Paul's 2008 & 2012 presidential primary debates. He is an alumnus of Notre Dame University's Vita Institute, has experience working with at-risk students, teaching a curriculum oriented toward healthy family formation, and also worked with single teenage mothers, assisting them with soft-skills and career planning. He now serves as a Regional Director for a political non-profit headquartered in Texas.

Jazzi Milton

Pro-Life San Francisco

Jazzi is a wife, mom of 2 cats, a sexual assault survivor, a consistent life ethic advocate, and an Executive Assistant living in San Francisco. She is currently pursuing her BA in ministry leadership through Northwest University with plans to become a teacher. For 5 years Jazzi volunteered as a peer counselor at a Bay Area pregnancy center and has spoken publicly on the topic of teen dating violence. She is tattooed, vegan, and a proud woman of color raised in a low-income single-parent home and is passionate about helping those facing similar circumstances and exposing the lies of the abortion industry.    

Rachel Peller

Activist

Rachel Peller is the Community Engagement Manager for Wisconsin Partners, which aims to enhance nonpartisan multi-sector collaboration, support local communities, build and connect to resources, and catalyze bold thinking. She studied Nonprofit Management at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Josie Setzler

Witness Against Torture

Josie Setzler is an organizer with Witness Against Torture, a nation-wide community of activists working to close Guantanamo and end torture.  She is a nonviolence trainer with Pace e Bene and works in her Ohio community for peace and justice with Pax Christi and several other local groups.

Mikhayla Stover

Academic

Mikhayla Stover is a third year law student at the Catholic University of America. She has previously completed policy internships for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) as well as the Immigration Policy and Public Affairs office at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She’s currently doing policy and direct services work for the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic through Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) at CUA Columbus School of Law. She is especially interested in issues of human rights and access to justice within the US immigration system, particularly as they apply to asylum seekers and those incarcerated in the immigration detention system. She lives in Washington D.C with her cat, Senator Pancake.

Zuri Davis

Reason

Zuri Davis is assistant editor at Reason, a libertarian media and public policy group. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University at the age of 18, Davis moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue political messaging. She previously worked at Rare and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Beth Fox

Rehumanize International

Tiny in stature, big in ambition, Beth Fox’s life is a story worth sharing. Before she even had a name, Beth became a prime target for abortion. Her mother’s pregnancy was risky and doctors advised an abortion to preserve her life. Beth’s poor fetal prognosis led doctors to conclude her quality of life would be so poor that having an abortion would be the “merciful” choice. Though living a life with chronic illness and disability is a battle, Beth is here to share why life is worth living and fighting for. Today, Beth cannot see, walk, or breath on her own; it is through these physical struggles, past doubts of self-value, and the diagnosis of a rare, life-limiting disorder that Beth has developed an active voice aimed to making positive changes. Despite her challenges, Beth lives independently in central Virginia, where she pursues her second Master’s

degree and aspires to become a professor and lovingly foster terminally ill children. She is Board Treasurer for Rehumanize International.

Robert Saleem Holbrook

Human Rights Coalition

Robert Saleem Holbrook is an organizer with the Human Rights Coalition, an organization committed to centering the leadership of people and communities impacted by mass incarceration.

Aimee Murphy

Rehumanize International

Aimee Murphy is the Executive Director and founder of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. After a personal conversion to the cause against abortion as a teen, she embraced the Consistent Life Ethic. Through her work with Rehumanize International, Aimee is reaching people all over the globe with the consistent message of human rights and is creating and engaging in effective dialogue to change hearts and minds. Aimee Murphy was the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award in 2014 for her trailblazing pro-life leadership. Her work with Rehumanize has been featured in such media outlets as The Atlantic, The New York Times, VICE News, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Slate, MSNBC, and many more. She lives in Pittsburgh with her profoundly supportive husband, their dog, and (in the spirit of radical hospitality) whichever friends wander into the Murphy household.

Tom Shakely

Americans United for LIfe

Tom Shakely serves as Chief Engagement Officer at Americans United for Life, which advances the human right to life in culture, law, and policy. Tom is also a Research Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Tom previously served as Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, whose Crisis Lifeline serves patients and families facing denial of basic care and strives to awaken the conscience on human dignity and bioethical issues.

David Swanson

World Beyond War

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is cofounder and executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org, campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org, and author of the book War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org as well as WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Swanson has spoken on a variety of topics related to war and peace.

Miea Walker

Forward Justice

Miea A. Walker is a social justice advocate and a prison abolitionist whose passion is addressing the intersectionality of race, class and gender for incarcerated men and women. In 2015, Miea received her master's degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. Miea is the Criminal Justice Manager, of the Policy and Advocacy Division with Forward Justice. In 2016, Miea's personal journey with the justice system was featured in Christianity Today. In October 2017, Miea was invited to join the steering committee of the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement. Most notable about Miea is her love and commitment to serve those who are marginalized and often overlooked.

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