Community Organizer, Writer, Artist & Activist. Jabin Ahmed is a community organizer, writer, artist and activist in Hudson, New York. She is a Muslim American woman of Bangladeshi descent who is passionate about creating spaces and communities that support and nourish diverse families and youth. She leads interfaith gatherings, speaks and educates the community on Islamophobia, racism and women's rights. Her work aims to create spaces for Muslim women to take on leadership roles in faith/community spaces and advocates for women to take charge of the issues that matter to them. She co-founded Hudson Muslim Youth, a project aimed at empowering young Muslims living in Hudson. Through the Raising Places project, she and 10 other community leaders focused on building family and child-friendly communities. Jabin is a strong supporter and ally of the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement. She also participated in a 2-year long project that resulted in the development of a mobile grocery truck that provides fresh organic locally produced foods to underserved communities. She serves on the board for Long Table Harvest, Hudson Area Library, and was a major supporter of WiseBodies a sexual empowerment and educational program aimed to heal, teach and nourish the sexual identities of young people and adults.
Spoken Word Artist, Activist and Philosopher. Ibrahim Asad Siddiq (aka P.O.E.T) is not your average spoken word artist, more so an activist and philosopher rooted in poetry. P.O.E.T is an acronym for Putting Out Eternal Thoughts. In addition to performing, he is the artistic director of a grassroots arts program known as The FREE ART Project, through which he facilitates workshops and hosts open mics and showcases throughout NYC and Westchester. He conducts workshops for incarcerated youth, working with various ATI programs in the Bronx and Westchester. Ibrahim recently founded Earth’s Pantry, a line of skin and hair care products made from organic plant-based ingredients. The proceeds of this company go towards funding his art program and hopes to build the company in order to expand his arts program, as well as sponsor similar programs around the world. He sees himself as a light for today’s youth to realize their potential.
Founder and Community Organizer. Tonia Conner-Mitchell is the founder of 100Sistas based in Westchester NY. Tonia began her community organizing work in July 2016 in order to bring attention to police brutality and the lack of access and resources for Black, LGBTQI, and house less communities in Westchester NY.
Before 2016 Tonia Conner-Mitchell spoke out against shackling in jail and prison of pregnant mothers during child birth In New York state. Eliminating shackling of mothers during childbirth while incarcerated remains an issue for 100Sistas.
100Sistas feeds the house less in Yonkers every weekend, and Tonia diligently works to ensure that the house less in Westchester have access to food and shelter. Under 100Sistas, Tonia created a mentorship program for Black girls in the Yonkers community known as 100Gurlz. 100Gurlz reaches black girls within the Yonkers community. A mentoring, engagement and learning program, created to provide black girls a vision to create their own definition of what it means to be Young, Black and Female.
In 2018 Tonia Mitchell-Conner in collaboration with Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter organized Black Women’s March Continuing the Legacy of Harriet Tubman on April 7th, 2018. This was the largest march outside of NYC, since the Tawana Brawley case in 1987, with demands and issues focusing on racial disparities in the Hudson Valley impacting Black women.
Community Organizer & Activist. Callie Jayne's desire to fight for justice began in the 8th Grade, protesting against inequitable dress code policies. Callie went on to finish an undergraduate degree in business, overcoming the challenges of being a single mother who bounced from job-to-job for a period of time. While completing her Masters in Nonprofit Management, she interned at a human services organization, which later hired her full-time. She built capacity, increasing the number of families who were able to access food. She also increased individual giving and community engagement. But Callie’s success in providing emergency services also came with the realization that she wasn’t doing enough to change the existing systems of oppression. Her life, work and educational experiences led her to confront the institutionalized barriers that were preventing her and many others - from all walks of life - from achieving a quality standard of living. Her desire for change comes from the belief that all people deserve a basic standard of living, and if we could all come together and hear many differing perspectives, we can use our struggles to achieve collective greatness.
Activist and Youth Community Organizer
Zeltzyn Sanchez Gomez is a 19 year-old Mexico-born DACA-mented activist who has resided in Port Chester, NY for the past 12 years. Fueled by curly fries and iced coffee, she is a highly motivated community organizer/activist working for Sustainable Port Chester Alliance and, more recently, for Wespac as the Youth Organizer/Coordinator. Zeltzyn has worked on a variety of issues ranging from affordable housing advocacy, the adverse effects of the war on drugs, voter and immigrant rights. Whether as a speaker, panelist, volunteer, translator, or advocate, she wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of her friends, family, and community.