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 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
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.
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.