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Former Abortion Clinic Worker
Toni Turner, a native resident of Pittsburgh PA, is a product of the public school system there. She holds a B.S. in Human Services from Geneva College and an M.A. in Mental Health, from Waynesburg University, is and is presently, actively networking and working to bring unity within the Christian Church of Pittsburgh through her organization the GRACISM Task Force. Toni was a counselor in an abortion clinic for 6 years and is now a pro-life advocate.
Claire Culwell met her biological mother in March of 2009. She told her that her life is a miracle. Claire's biological mom became pregnant with her at the age of 13. She decided to go to an abortion clinic where she had a surgical abortion. A few weeks later she realized she was still pregnant so she found an out-of-state late-term abortion clinic to do a second abortion. At the clinic they told her she had been pregnant with twins…
ONE WAS ABORTED; ONE SURVIVED.
Former Chief Executioner, VA
Jerry Bronson Given is from Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Givens is an advocate against the death penalty. He worked in the penal system for 25 years, and served in all capacities. He started as a correctional officer and rose through the ranks: he was eventually promoted to a corrections Captain. While he a was a sergeant he was the chief executioner for 17 years. During his term as the chief executioner he executed 62 condemned prisoners using the electric chair and through lethal injections. Mr. Givens is now traveling the world telling his story.
Economic & Racial Justice Advocate
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.
Wolf Pack for Life
Sophie Trist has been totally blind since birth, and she proudly lives out her identity as a disabled woman, believing that most barriers disabled people encounter are not the result of physical/mental disabilities, but the misconceptions and low expectations of society. Sophie is a senior English major at Loyola University New Orleans and a co-founder of Wolf Pack for Life, where she currently serves as the organization's secretary. She is a long-time member of the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in America. Sophie volunteers at Louisiana's Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy, a summer camp dedicated to instilling braille literacy and a positive outlook on disability into blind kids. She has written an essay about society's low expectations for people with disabilities; entitled "The Superhero Hangs Up Her Cape," it was published in the February 2018 issue of the Braille monitor.
Veteran for Peace
After this former LUCAP chair learned the truth from Pax Christi New Orleans about his work as an infantry soldier, he took a vow of nonviolence and spent three weeks living in the home of his "enemies" in Nicaragua. He traveled to Haiti with Christian Peacemaker Teams and was arrested protesting the Army post where he worked. Thad served as commissioner for the 2010 Truth Commission on Conscience in War and assisted the National Lawyers Guild’s Military Task Force by helping Conscientious Objectors to U.S. wars in Iraq & Afghanistan from 2010 to 2013. He is now serving his fifth year with his parish Respect Life Ministry team, four years with the Consistent Life Network, and over twenty years participation with Veterans for Peace and Pax Christi USA. Thad recently joined his parish Social Justice Committee and created the Choose Life Abort War Podcast in Austin, Texas, where he catches and releases snapping turtles.
Pro-Life Alliance of Gays & Lesbians
Sarah Terzo is a disabled pro-life activist who writes for Live Action and other news outlets. She also maintains the pro-life website Clinicquotes, through which she has helped hundreds of mothers choose life for their preborn children. She is a board member of the organizations Consistent Life and The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
Consistent Life Network
Rachel MacNair is vice-president of the Consistent Life Network. She graduated from Earlham College, a Quaker school, with a Bachelor's in Peace and Conflict Studies, and got her Ph.D. in psychology and sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She is the author of Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: the Psychological Consequences of Killing, the textbook The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction, as well as Achieving Peace in the Abortion War, and co-edited ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today, Consistently Opposing Killing: From Abortion to Assisted Suicide, the Death Penalty, and War, and Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Author & Poet
Jennifer Reeser is a bi-racial, Anglo-Amerindian author of six books. Her latest collection, INDIGENOUS, is recently out from Able Muse Press. Her poems, reviews, and translations of French, Russian, Cherokee, and various indigenous languages have appeared in the periodicals POETRY, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and others, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Everyman's Library series from Penguin Random House Books.
New Wave Feminists
As former foster child, Deanna Wallace decided early on that she wanted to dedicate her life to legal advocacy for the “unwanted.” As an attorney, Deanna has worked with lawmakers around the country to implement and defend laws that protect women and their unborn babies from a predatory abortion industry. She currently works as the Communications Officer for Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
CATHERINE GLENN FOSTER
Americans United for Life
Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., is President & CEO of Americans United for Life, America's original national pro-life organization and the nation's premier pro-life legal team. AUL’s constitutional strategists pioneered the state-based model legislative strategy and have been involved in every pro-life Supreme Court case since Roe v. Wade. She earned her J.D. at Georgetown University, M.A. at the University of South Florida, and B.A. at Berry College.
Alice graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. She is a progressive feminist who advocates for social justice and intersectionality, such as uplifting the LGBTQAI community, as well as dismantling rape culture and white supremacy. She currently lives in New Orleans and marches during Mardi Gras in Chewbaccus for Krewe du Chu, a Pokemon-themed parade.
Though raised in Oklahoma before moving to Texas to attend Criswell college, Josiah is originally from South Korea, being adopted as a small child into a family of twelve kids. At the age of thirteen his parents told him more concerning his adoption story and about how his birth parents underwent curettage abortion two months into his mother’s pregnancy with him. Upon the failure of the abortion and their recognition of it’s failure a few months later, Josiah was kept and placed in a foster home for a year before being adopted into the Presley family. Through struggling with this truth and the effects it has had on his life, being saved at the age of sixteen and called to ministry in Highschool. The Lord has given him opportunities to speak and share the story of His work in Josiah’s life as he is able to share with pro-life groups and churches about the sanctity of human life.
Rep. KATRINA JACKSON
Louisiana State Representative
& "Whole Life Democrat"
Ask anyone who knew Katrina R. Jackson at age 3 and they could tell you one thing – she was going to be a lawyer and fight for people. And that is just what she does as both an attorney and a State Representative representing Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes in the Louisiana Legislature. She is currently running for Senate, to expand her advocacy as a Whole Life Democrat and advocate for life from the “womb to the tomb.”
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. Through his work with Rehumanize International, he has found that his unique position as a politically independent, atheist, pro-life feminist 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.
Witness to Innocence
Shareef Cousin is the 77th person in this country to have been found innocent of murder and exonerated from death row. He was 16 years old - then the youngest person in the world on death row - and innocent when the doors of his life seemed to slam shut. Shareef’s experience living under a sentence of death has greatly influenced the person he is today, shaped his moral character and led him to his work empowering those whose lives are forever changed due to incarceration. While attending Morehouse College he worked for the Southern Center for Human Rights organizing family members of incarcerated loved ones. He went on to co-found Resurrection After Exoneration to support other exonerees. He is the CEO of Beacon Industries, LLC: The Center for Human Development where he works with young Black men to empower them to achieve.
JOHN FRANKLIN "FRANK" STEPHENS
Actor, Author, Advocate
John Franklin Stephens lives with a thought from Mahatma Gandhi foremost in his mind, “My life is my message.” That thought is at the heart of Frank’s statement, “I am a man with Down syndrome, and my life is worth living.” Frank describes himself as an Actor, Author, Advocate and truly is all of those. He has appeared in feature films, work-shopped plays in New York, developed a recurring role in the Emmy-winning Born This Way, and appears in documentaries, like The R Word and Upside Down, related to intellectual disabilities. He has written op-ed pieces published all over the world. He is an articulate advocate who logged over 70,000 miles, in 2018 alone, addressing audiences large and small.
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana '16
Jamie Duplechine is a C4-5 quadriplegic as a result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred when she was only 15. Solely focused on simply learning to live again, she made a vow to herself to never allow anything, especially her disability, to affect any aspect of living. Jamie is a highly effective advocate in both self-advocacy and grassroots advocacy. She has represented Louisiana as titleholder Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana, a graduate of Louisiana’s Partners in Policymaking Program, an active member of several boards and committees, and the recipient of several great advocacy awards. Jamie is a lifelong resident of Louisiana and resides in Lafayette.
Krista Corbello is a charismatic speaker who reached more than 17,000 people statewide and nationally during her time as Youth Programs Co-Director for Louisiana Right to Life. She shared her pro-life testimony and dedicated her work to her mother who chose life for her. She also speaks on behalf of people who grieve their aborted siblings, sharing her healing journey about her biological father. As the 2018 Create | Encounter 1st place winner in the music category, Krista hopes to build a culture of life through beauty, compassion, and education.
Not Dead Yet
Diane Coleman is the founder, President and CEO of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights group organized to give voice to disability rights opposition to legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in the U.S. In addition to using traditional advocacy strategies such as public testimony, friend of the court briefs, and community education through various media, Not Dead Yet also uses direct action tactics like rallies and protests. Diane has a law degree, has co-taught graduate courses in medical ethics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and uses a motorized wheelchair as well as breathing supports.
Suicide Prevention Speaker
Kara Wiggins was born in Western Nebraska and her journey has brought her back. Kara is currently working to make a difference by giving a real and very honest look at mental illness and suicide awareness by telling her story of what she has gone through and where she is going. Her story is more than just a survivor's tale, but instead is a narrative of thriving and a continuing battle for wellness, healing, and wholeness. She seeks to help people of all walks of life see and know their worth.
Consistent Life Network
John Whitehead is the president of the Consistent Life Network, an international coalition dedicated to promoting a consistent ethic of reverence for life and strengthening the case against different forms of socially approved killing by working to end them all (www.consistentlifenetwork.org). John also serves as a deputy editor of and contributor to Life Matters Journal, the magazine of Rehumanize International. He maintains a website on peace, war, and international relations, Peacemaking for Life (www.peacemakinglife.com).
Kelsey Hazzard is the founder and president of Secular Pro-Life, which brings together people of every faith and none in defense of children in the womb. Her writings appear regularly in pro-life media and she is featured in the pro-life documentary 40. Kelsey has also made appearances in outlets like NPR, Buzzfeed, and Slate. She is a graduate of the University of Miami (B.A. 2009) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 2012). In her free time, you wil find her singing karaoke or enjoying a nature walk.
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.
Maria is a dedicated activist, musician, and artist. She is well-versed in the consistent ethics of human dignity, from an approachable and grassroots perspective. After three years as a contracted graphic designer and two summers as an intern, she was hired on to the Rehumanize International team as the Director of Creative Projects in September 2018. Maria’s academic background is in graphic design and advertising; she is a 2017 graduate of The University of Alabama. During her time at the university, she served as a lead designer on many student-run projects, and served as president of the UA student pro-life group, Bama Students for Life (BSFL). It was through her involvement with BSFL that Maria connected with Rehumanize (then Life Matters Journal) and embraced the Consistent Life Ethic.
Abortion Changes You
Michaelene is considered an expert on reproductive grief care having authored the book Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or A Loved One’s Abortion Experience, the booklet Changed (English, Spanish, Italian, Russian & Ukrainian), co-authored the Hope After Loss workbook (loss after miscarriage), and served as the editor of the book Grief & Abortion: Creating a Safe Place to Heal. She has written numerous articles about reproductive grief and loss and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at universities and events. Most recently, Michaelene was invited by Ukrainian Catholic University to train psychologists, doctors, nurses, NGOs, social workers, and clergy from various cities in Ukraine and Macedonia.