Leadership

Aretha Basu

Aretha Basu was born to Indian immigrant parents in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania. At the age of 5 her family moved to Seattle and Basu spent the rest of her life growing up in the Central District near the Odessa Brown Clinic. She attended Washington Middle School and graduated from Garfield High School and is a proud Bulldog. She went on to attend the University of Washington Bothell majoring in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior.

She has been an active anti- racist community organizer in Seattle from the age of 18. Along with 3 other incredible Women of Color, Basu co- founded Women of Color for Systemic Change in 2014 which organized a number of major #BlackLivesMatter protests in the city and was awarded Seattle Magazine's 2015 Most Influential People Award. She organizes with No New Youth Jail Campaign, is a core organizer for Block the Bunker, and Asians for Black Lives to address Anti – Blackness in the API Community.

Most of Aretha’s college career was spent organizing on campus and building a movement for her school to open a Diversity Center that would serve, and center marginalized students. After co- organizing multiple walkouts, taking over town halls Aretha and a group of student organizers successfully ran for Student Government on a social justice slate that brought the Diversity Center to the forefront of the University’s agenda. After 3 years of direct action, and Tri-campus organizing among student groups they were successful in the opening of a Diversity Center in the Spring of 2017. Aretha was honored as one of the 2017 Husky 100 for her organizing work.

Ayan Musse

Ayan Musse is an elder in training, who is daughter, sister, mother, aunt and wife. Mrs. Musse is an ant-racism community organizer. She has worked on different issues from housing, immigration, criminal justice and education. She is member of Village of Hope and sponsor for Black Prisoner Caucus at Stanford Creek. Most importantly Mrs. Musse is proud mother of two black males

Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.

Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr. currently lives on the South End of Seattle WA.  Dae Shik has served in Youth/Young adult ministries for 7 years. Dae Shik is originally from Honolulu, HI and misses the sun very much.  He believes the youth will lead the way and has dedicated his life’s work in empowering them. Dae Shik is also a freelance writer that covers topics around Religion, Race, & Justice. Some publications that have published his work include Sojourners, Inheritance Magazine, The Establishment, The Nation,South Seattle Emerald, the Seattle Weekly, and the Atlantic.

Dae Shik moved to Seattle in 2014 to attend seminary and still regularly preaches around the reality of disenfranchisement and prioritizes having everyone at the table as a means of building a truly cohesive and inclusive social justice movement. He does most of his organizing around Seattle’s unhoused community and the brutal sweeps that the city continues.

Darozyl Touch

Darozyl Touch is a South Seattle raised, Khmer American activist-educator who is passionate about creating spaces for young people to be their authentic selves, explore meaning, and affirm their identities. She earned her baccalaureate degree in Political Science with departmental honors from Seattle University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education (Social Studies, ELL) at the University of Washington and student-teaching at Rainier Beach HS. Darozyl is a co-founder of southend organization Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC) and aspires to start an educational facility that encompasses the values of educating young people as Soul Work and requires the synergy of heart, mind, body, and spirit to educe the gift of knowledge mutually reciprocated between both the scholar and the educator

Edwin Lindo

Edwin has committed his life’s work to seeking justice with and for our most marginalized communities. As a son of immigrants and bloodline of justice fighters, Edwin has continued the struggle and fight. He his an educator and organizer who believes in the power of decolonized and critical pedagogy. He teaches courses to graduate students in Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, and the history of Race & Racism.

Edwin and his partner also curated the space we know as Estelita’s Library — a social justice library focused on decentralizing knowledge and building community.

Edwin’s involvement in the Seattle People’s party was and is focused on policy development and community, political education.

Jackie Vaughn

Jackie Vaughn attended Eastern Washington University where she received her B.A. in Race and Culture Studies. At EWU Jackie began her organizing with Moviemento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA).

Since college she has worked in non-profits for most of her career and witnessed how they exploit, underserve, and oppress communities who are most impacted. This is why she is committed to organizing with anti-racist principals that center the power of Black and Brown communities.

She organizes with Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, the Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color, and Ending Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC). Currently she works as the Program and Outreach Director for Surge Reproductive Justice which centers QTPOC and Black and Brown femmes using an intersectional framework to create and advocate for policy.

Jerrell Davis — Rell Be Free

Jerrell “Rell Be Free” Davis is an active educator, creative and community organizer based out of Rainier Beach & South Seattle. Centering the Afrikan Diaspora and young folx in his art and organizing, Jerrell works with collectives such as Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC), Seattle People’s Party, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, and the Autumn Club.

KJ Moon

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Nikki Etienne — Momma Nikki

Nikki is a Haitian-Queer artist who co-created with Nikkita Oliver and Dj Rise a monthly poetry slam & artist showcase, called “Ringside," which is centered around POC & QTPOC expressing themselves artistically in a safe space. She's also a vocalist & MC in her band, Holy Pistola, whose EP will be released at the end of the year and currently has two solo EPs out. Her latest album is dedicated to her father’s recent passing.

Besides music and helping run a family business in the healthcare field, she is producing and directing a documentary about QTPOC Musicians in Seattle that will be premiering at the beginning of October at Gay City.

With her hands in many different areas, Nikki's involvement with The Seattle Peoples Party has focused around video production, live-streaming, and anything else communication related.

Nikkita Oliver — KO Nikkita

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing she strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity. Her work asks us to engage what we see happening now and to imagine what we hope to see in the future. As a poet, musician and teaching artist her hope is to cultivate spaces where young creatives can explore their creative gifts and discover their personal power to build the world they most need to see. Nikkita is also a case manager for Creative Justice an arts project aimed at transforming the criminal legal system and providing space for young people to be self-empowered and self-determined. She is also the co-creator with Nikki Etienne and Dj Rise of the Ringside monthly poetry slam & artist showcase.

She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy, performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, and featured on The Breakfast Club and KUOW's The Week in Review. Her writing and poetry has been published in the Moss, South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger.

She organizes with No New Youth Jail, the Seattle Peoples Party, THRIVE, and the Black Organizing Collective.

Nikkita was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. The Nikkita Oliver for Mayor campaign narrowly missed the general election by approximately 1,100 votes; coming in 3rd of 21 candidates. The campaign was declared 3rd party and accepted no corporate donations. WIth over 1,000 the volunteers they knocked on 22,000 doors, raised $130,000 and changed the political landscape of Seattle politics.

Olivia Smith

Yin Yu

Yin 英 is a social and climate justice activist, abolitionist, community organizer, peacemaking circle keeper, and system thinker. she is attracted to intersectional matriarchy spaces that centers accessibility and multigenerational connections; builds relationships with grief, and native plants; undoing internalized oppression (patriarchy, settler colonialism, and anti-blackness), and spaces that builds collective power while centering voices of those most marginalized. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up where Treaty of Point Elliott was signed at Buk-wil-tee-wh (Mukilteo) of Snohomish people.