We are a diverse, racial and gender community of organizers, activists, artists, writers, teachers, practitioners and scholars. Our Board represents a cross-section of individuals who are committed to structural change, truth telling, healing trauma and repair. Our Networks include Black, Brown and Indigenous communities from rural and urban locales. We share in common a vision for a future just, equitable, and sustainable society free of state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism.
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Dr. Dave Ragland
Dr. David Ragland is a writer, scholar, and activist with a focus on racial justice, reparations and abolition. He is a co-founder and co-executive director for Culture, Organizing and Reparations at the Truth Telling Project and is currently the director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. David Ragland is also a special advisor to Congresswoman Cori Bush and a number of progressive political candidates throughout the U.S..
Dr. Melinda Salazar
Dr. Melinda Salazar is a first generation U.S. American whose ancestors are Colombian/Muisca/Ukrainian and serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Truth Telling Project. As a professor in Gender and Women’s Studies, Elementary and Secondary Education and a Participatory Action practitioner, her teaching and research interests fall in the intersections of feminist peace scholarship, Indigeneity and rural community sustainability.
Isra Allison is the campaign manager for the Truth Telling Project’s Premier program: Grassroots Reparations Campaign. She is a political organizer, trainer and campaign consultant who manages federal campaigns and social justice advocacy groups nationwide.
Joshua Scarborough is the Operations Manager for the Truth Telling Project. After moving to Harrisburg, PA, Scarborough was a field organizer in Pennsylvania in 2020 with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Since then he has worked for progressive candidates like Vishal Bajpai for City Council and abolitionist organizations like the Harrisburg Abolitionist Table and the Movement Of Immigrant Leaders of Pennsylvania (MILPA). He currently serves as Operations and Social Media Manager for the TTP facilitating outreach and participation in the organizations various events and campaigns.
Jennifer Craig currently resides in Connecticut. In late 2018, she became her most politically active self when she joined Brand New Congress (BNC) as a volunteer and served as GOTV Coordinator followed by Political Outreach Director and then Volunteer Mobilization Director. Other prior experiences include entrepreneurism, a sprint in the US Air Force, a U.S. Senate internship, and graduate studies at American University’s School of International Service and the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. In June of 2021, she joined Allison Consulting, becoming Client Services Manager in October and joining the Truth Telling Project’s Grassroots Reparations Campaign shortly thereafter. When not working, she enjoys attending church, cuddling her cat, building up an acting portfolio, and investing.
Rachel Davis was born and raised in the rapidly growing oak tree-lined city of Raleigh, North Carolina. In college, she studied International Studies and Spanish and lived, studied, and worked in Ecuador and El Salvador. She has spent years working in the nonprofit world, specifically with adults and children with special needs. She is also an anti-racist activist/organizer who has been a part of and helped organize in Wake, Orange, Chatham, and Alamance County against police brutality and white supremacy. When she’s not working or participating in activism, she enjoys foraging, hiking, traveling, art, and local folklore.
Emma Hilleary is a Social Media Intern for the Truth Telling Project. She is a sophomore at the University of Georgia with a double major in Women’s Studies and Theater. She is a performance and visual artist from Atlanta who feels passionate about bringing awareness to social justice issues through her various art practices.
Patt Gunn is the Policy Fellow for the Truth Telling Project. She is a native of Savannah, Georgia, she is a Gullah Geechee woman who is on on mission of Truth-Telling, reconciliation, healing and repair of the damages of the atrocious deeds of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in this 21st century to People of Color’ through the African Diaspora and the Caribbean Basin.
Lucy Duncan is the Truth and Reparations Education Fellow. She is currently the co-chair of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs focusing on a campaign to invite 100 white majority congregations into sincere reparations work. She is a member of Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM), serves on their reparations committee which is currently engaged in a project of securing Black housing wealth in Germantown. She just completed ten years working for the American Friends Service Committee as their Director of Friends Relations. She was a 2nd grade teacher for several years in California and is looking forward to supporting educators in, as bell hooks said, “teaching to transgress.”
Amber Walker is the activism fellow for the Truth Telling Project. She is a native of St. Louis and has worked as an organizer in social justice work for over 12 years and the criminal justice reform space for 5 years. In her current work in sheriff reform, she leads a national coalition whose mission is to reimagine a world where public safety isn’t centered around law enforcement or the sheriff. Amber has a deep desire for communities of color to experience true public safety. Her hope is to continuously work to restore communities impacted by oppressive systems or institutions that are harmful to them. Amber holds two English degrees and loves to explore and experience different cultures and foods in her travels.
Our Advisory Council
Our Advisory Council work on Activism, Policy, Education and Repair Programs
Woullard Lett, Male Co-chair, New England N’Cobra chapter
Danita Roundtree-Green, Co-CEO of Coming to the Table RVA. Danita is also an author and storyteller.
Lotte Dula is the lead organizer for Reparations For Slavery
Max Hess, Atlanta Fellowship of Reconciliation
Patt Gunn, Co-Founder for the Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing
Sherly Fabre, Activist and member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Board chair for the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Pam Smith, Historian of African American History Project at The Judy Project and Representative from Coming to the Table
Shoshana Bricklin, Esq. Kohenet Hebrew Priestess
Aaron Dorsey, Program and Policy Analyst at National Education Association
Cris Toffolo, founding advisory members of the Truth Telling Project and currently serves as the Treasurer.
Kian Furnace, MPA, Public Administrator and Program Manager
Amber Walker, St. Louis native, founding member of A Conscious Conversation, a grassroots organization developed after the Ferguson Uprising.
Mama Cat- Cathy Daniels, the founder of PotBangerz, humanitarian, and activist.
Yolanda Fountain, Ferguson Mo committeewoman for the local democratic county committee. She was also the first African American woman and mayor of Jennings, Missouri.
Lucy Duncan, Former Director of Friends Relations at American Friends Service Committee. Lucy contributes to our Reparations Campaign.
Lynne Layton, Member of the Boston Workman’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice. Lynne contributes to our Reparations Campaign.
Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel is a contracted Indigenous history curriculum contributor for Teaching Tolerance. She combines her passion for marketing and social justice by actively fighting for Indenous and Latinx human rights.
What We Do
We work to help people understand the deep seated institutional racism that allows for police violence to occur, and the pervasive impact that violence has on families and their communities. We ultimately encourage empathy and anti-racist learning among ally communities, and lead people to The Movement for Black Lives and other racial justice organizations as supporters.
The Truth Telling Project (TTP) was founded in August 2014 by community activists in the St. Louis area following the shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown, Jr., the protests that followed and the anger it generated throughout the community. We engage the U.S. in stories that galvanize thoughtful, empathetic and educated allies for Black and communities of color. By encouraging “witnesses” to listen to and reflect on voices “from the margins,” our hope is that more individuals and communities might become interested in ending the structural and militarized violence in the U.S..
OUR FUNDING SOURCES
We are a collaborative working group funded by donations from our supporters. We also receive grants from philanthropic organizations.
Our fiscal sponsor is NorthEastern Illinois University.