Since joining the BPF team in July 2011, Dawn Haney has upgraded BPF’s strategy and operations, strengthening Buddhist-informed activism in social movements from Occupy to environmental justice to Black Lives Matter. She was promoted to Co-Director in April 2012, and has co-led BPF’s training initiatives: The System Stinks, BPF’s 2014 National Gathering, and Dharma + Direct Action trainings.
During her previous tenure as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Services Organization, a rape crisis center in Durango, Colorado, her proudest achievements included reaching ambitious fundraising goals to expand services to survivors and build a new community organizing program focused on building power in immigrant communities to fight sexual violence.
After years of reading Buddhists like Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh, Dawn’s social justice work brought her to the meditation cushion with a desire to be stronger and more resilient in her work to heal trauma and oppression. Dawn is currently in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders training program, and a sangha member of East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California.
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Katie Loncke, born in Sacramento, California, and now living in Oakland, is the curly granddaughter of Negros and Jewish refugees. She believes in the possibility of enough food, water, shelter, clothing, health care, and education for everyone. She started organizing in high school as a straight ally with a Lesbian Gay Straight Alliance, and currently organizes around social and economic issues with a group led by Latin American immigrant socialists. Following her graduation from Harvard, the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center offered Katie a warm, life-altering introduction to Buddhism. Her writing on Buddhism and politics has appeared in The Jizo Chronicles, The Buddhist Channel, make/shift magazine, Flip Flopping Joy, and Feministe, as well as here on Turning Wheel Media.
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Originally from Massachusetts, Leora Fridman has worked as a writer, organizer and educator for nonprofits and arts communities since 2005, always circling the intersection of creative work and community care. She integrates her studies in the dharma in the Insight meditation tradition with a feminist Jewish practice, and came to BPF seeking an embodied, committed community working for spiritual and political liberation for all beings.
Leora’s writing and interdisciplinary arts have been presented widely in magazines including Tricycle, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Pacific Standard, and she’s taught writing for universities and communities organizations across the United States. A program manager experienced with all hats of nonprofit work, Leora has directed programs, communications, development and curation for organizations including the David Brower Center, 826 Boston and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. More at leorafridman.com.
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LiZhen Wang is an organizer and spiritual counselor who integrates astrology, sacred sexuality, tarot, and somatic work into their practice. They spent their childhood in Taipei, New York, and New Jersey, with their mother’s Buddhist altar at the center of every home. LiZhen is currently based in NYC, where they lead a monthly healing and whole-ing circle.
As an organizer for racial and economic justice, LiZhen has led campaigns targeting the state’s biggest utility company to pay its security officers a living wage; fighting the Providence Police Department’s use of gang injunctions victimizing Asian-American youth; and most dear to their heart, mobilizing their own workplaces to win just conditions, so that non-profits can practice what they preach. In addition to organizing, they have also made dough nannying, writing higher ed communications, and playing professional humiliatrix. They are humbled, grateful, and expanded by it all.
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Kate Johnson is a lifetime dancer, a longtime educator and meditator, and an emerging organizer and process queen.
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