SURJ is pleased to announce that this round of our leadership team (LT) expansion process is complete. After receiving over two dozen applications and interviewing fourteen individuals, we are delighted to welcome five new members to our team. The LT works closely with SURJ staff to make decisions about strategy, structure, and accountability. We look forward to our continued work to shape transformative change toward our collective liberation.
Corri Frohlich has engaged in social justice organizing for over fifteen years in areas related to prison abolition and decarceration efforts, anti-racism and fat and queer liberation. As a cisgender white queer woman, who does not come from a systems-impacted community, she believes her role is to amplify and listen to people of color and folks from systems-impacted communities leading this work, and call in other white people to racial justice. Corri grew up working class and identifies as working class. She is active in SURJ in the Bay Area. She enjoys watching/reading fairly cheesy sci-fi and fantasy movies and books and cuddling with my pitbull.
Dahlia Ferlito is a white, queer, non-binary anti-racist organizer and co-founder of White People for Black Lives. They believe that white people are responsible for ending the white supremacist system. To do so, white people must: remain organized, challenge white silence about racism, work in solidarity with -- and take the lead from -- people of color-led movements, and acquire the skills needed to interrupt racism on all levels. They’re committed to continuous self-education and showing up in healthy ways without reproducing the harm of white supremacy in activist spaces. They grew up in a working class city outside of Boston, MA and have lived in Los Angeles for 16 years. They have a mixed class background, grew up working class into adulthood, and now in middle class. Their writing can be found on Medium, KNOCK-LA and LA Progressive.
Grace Aheron is an Asian Queer Southerner from Southwestern, Virginia. She is currently studying at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, will be in in Philadelphia starting in September, and identifies as middle class. She organized with SURJ Charlottesville before, during, and after the white supremacist rallies of the summer of 2017. Grace comes to this work by a lineage of prophetic Christian resistance to empire, a familial legacy of boundary-crossing women, and a dream/reality of strong communities that care for each other.
Chanelle Gallant is a long time activist, writer and educator with a focus on sex and justice. She has worked to build the power of people in the sex trade since 2004. She co-founded north america’s first grassroots organization of migrants, sex workers and allies and co-founded the first SURJ chapter outside of the US, in Toronto, Canada. Chanelle is the eldest daughter of a poor single mother, grew up on and off welfare, spent most of her life working class and now has access to middle class resources. She coaches and trains organizers and is working on her first book. You can check out her work at chanellegallant.com
Julia Daniels comes to anti-racist organizing seeing it as key to our collective liberation and the right thing to do. Most of her organizing experience is with young people fighting the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline in Miami, and she helped found the Boulder, CO SURJ chapter. She's currently completing a dissertation in education policy and lives in the Bronx, NY. Julia identifies as upper working/lower middle class.