Mai Spann-Wilson has been facilitating youth workshops at Good Shepherd Mediation Program for over 7 years. He is a social worker, activist, singer-songwriter, and published poet. Currently, he works as the founder and principal of U.A.F Consulting. U.A.F consulting is dedicated to teaching trauma-informed and educational workshops to youth ages 12-24 in New Jersey and Pennslyvania. As a facilitator, he specializes in conflict resolution, racial justice, cultural competency, creative expression, poetry, and so on. In addition to working with youth, he currently teaches adult recovering drug and alcohol addicts workshops that promote healing physically, emotionally, mentally and empower them to make behavioral lifestyle changes. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in African-American Studies 2009 and received a masters of social work in 2013 from Temple University. He currently serves on the board of RecPhilly. Mai received the Lyman Fund Grant winter of 2017 for following his spiritual calling to teach educational and trauma-informed workshops to both youth and adults. His work will be honored in Maine September 2018 at the Lyman FundGathering.
Mowie is interested in supporting individuals around their growth edges and staying present with discomfort as it relates to justice work. She works as a social worker and therapist in an outpatient mental health setting, accompanying individuals on their journeys of growth, healing, and change. Mowie is passionate about racial justice and has organized and facilitated anti-racism workshops for the last two years with the Philly chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice. In and outside of her organizing work, Mowie stays grounded through practicing mindfulness, exploring woods + parks, and engaging in silent worship.
Life has called me into community building and challenging oppression. I contribute through personal service, listening skills and the ability to add to a group’s clearness of purpose. An invitation onto the Lansdowne Friends School Committee in 1986 introduced me to the Society of Friends and I joined Lansdowne Monthly Meeting a few years later. My Quaker activism intensified when I rotated off the School Committee in 2014, became Clerk of the Meeting and joined the Earth Quaker Action Team. EQAT’s “Power Local Green Jobs” initiative focuses on solar energy and racial and economic justice. As one of EQAT’s Delaware County campaign leaders, I have been organizing support here in the county, planning actions and reaching out to Chester Quarter’s monthly meetings. We EQATERs are sharing our stories of being inspired by a climate justice campaign that puts the needs of poor and working-class people in the center. We have faith in the power of nonviolent direct action to call leading institutions (in this case, PECO) to account for the impacts of their actions and omissions.
Greg Holt leans into trouble and looks for breath and movement even when it all feels tight. He has supported collectives, co-ops, and groups of Friends for 10 years. He is a dancer whose work moves between carefully structured process and improvising against constraints, developing body knowledge which he brings to activism as well. He has worked for economic justice with Earth Quaker Action team since 2015 and served on the board of Friends House Moscow.
Lena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She attended Oberlin College, where she majored in history, focusing on race and class in America. As an organizer for Pennsylvania Working Families, she built power around economic and racial justice in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. She currently works as a community organizer for POWER Metro, an interfaith racial and economic justice organization, and focuses in Bucks and Delaware Counties. Buddhist Vipassana meditation and Quaker faith and practice serve as guiding forces in her life and organizing–pushing her toward greater presence, connection and action for justice.
Sandra Boone Murphy, O’Scheyichbi
S. Boone Murphy is of Scheyichbi, ascribed “extended family” by the Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Nation, and conferred “ally” of Lenape Tribal Councils of NJ and DE. The light of this f(F)riend and neighbor of Lenape Tribal Nations Peoples has manifested as a founding member of both the Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative. Very active in Quaker affairs – at the Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meeting levels – Boone designs original group discussions and facilitates Faith & Play lessons as well as Toward Right Relations with Indigenous Peoples workshops. Since the mid-1970s, Boone has been designing educational programs embracing cultural inclusion. Quests and spiritual witness have fostered engagement with non-indigenous and indigenous peoples of North America, Ireland, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Republic of Palau, Yap, Pohnpei, and Kosrae. Boone is fluent in American Sign Language, listed in Who’s Who Among American Women, member of the Greater Philadelphia Interfaith Center’s Visionary Women, and a certified Equine Specialist with EAGALA – partnering with horses and mental health practitioners toward exercising mindful wellness.
Oskar Pierre Castro is an artist/analyst/non-violent activist/father & husband with over twenty years of service in the non-profit sector working on youth development, career development, peace activism, and labor rights. Oskar is a 1992 graduate of Rowan University where he majored in Law & Justice. The human rights part of the curriculum stimulated his belief in working for social justicewhen it is absent. Oskar’s non-profit experiences include things like leading a national office program at the American Friends Service Committee and helping talented youth-of-color navigate corporate America with INROADS. Originally from South Jersey, Oskar moved to Philadelphia in 1994, and as a multi-faceted artist there he employs music, poetry, and graphic art to communicate his ideas about the world creatively. Oskar currently works for QuakerVoluntaryService as the Director of Equity and Inclusion.
Tory is an organizer and researcher raised in Baltimore Yearly Meeting. A student activist during the lead up to the Iraq and Afghan wars, Tory was a part of the student anti-war movement, doing counter-recruitment work. A member of Langley Hill Friends Meeting, they were profoundly affected by Tom Fox’s witness in Palestine and Iraq, traveling to the Ramallah Friends Meeting in 2006 as part of a delegation of Young Friends. A graduate of Earlham College’s Peace and Global Studies Program, Tory also attend Birzeit University’s Arabic Program in Palestine during the Arab Spring. After graduating in 2012, Tory moved to Philadelphia and worked for the AFSC, documenting police militarization, border fortification, drone warfare, and youth of color lead organizing, as well as local organizing with Students for Justice in Palestine chapters. Tory has continued to pursue their own education around queer liberation, opposing continuing White Supremacy, Islamophobia, and ending mass incarceration from their spiritual home in Quakerism. They still live and build community in Philadelphia.