The Truth Telling Project is committed to implementing and sustaining grassroots, community-centered truth-telling processes to amplify the voices of the traditionally silenced and disenfranchised in response to state-sanctioned, direct and indirect violence.

We are a diverse 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 just, equitable, and sustainable society free of state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism. 

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Our Staff

Dr. Dave Ragland

Dr. David Ragland is a writer, scholar, and activist with a focus on racial justice, reparations and abolition. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director for Culture, Organizing, and Reparations at the Truth Telling Project, Director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, and 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 who serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Truth Telling Project. A professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and of Elementary & Secondary Education, as well as a Participatory Action Practitioner, her interests fall in the intersections of feminist peace scholarship, Indigeneity and rural community sustainability.

Isra Allison

Isra Allison co-leads the Truth Telling Project’s premier program, the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, and provides program and event planning support to The Truth Telling Project. She is a political organizer, trainer, and campaign consultant who advises federal campaigns and social justice advocacy groups nationwide.

Joshua Scarborough

Joshua Scarborough is Operations Manager for the Truth Telling Project. After moving to Harrisburg, PA, he was a field organizer in 2020 with the  Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Since then he has worked for candidates like Vishal Bajpai for City Council and abolitionist organizations like the Harrisburg Abolitionist Table and the Movement Of Immigrant Leaders of Pennsylvania (MILPA). His current focus areas are operations and activism for TTP.

Jennifer Craig

Jennifer Craig co-leads The Truth Telling Project’s premiere program, the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, and provides communications and operations support to The Truth Telling Project. She is a campaign consultant who advises candidates for public office and social justice advocacy teams.

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis is Executive Administrator of The Truth Telling Project’s premiere program, the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. She is also an anti-racist activist/organizer who has organized in North Carolina’s Wake, Orange, Chatham, and Alamance Counties against police brutality and white supremacy. When she’s not working or participating in activism, she enjoys foraging, hiking, traveling, art, and local folklore.

Our Fellows

Patt Gunn

Patt Gunn is the Policy Fellow for the Truth Telling Project. She is a native of Savannah, Georgia and a Gullah Geechee woman who is on a mission of truth telling, reconciliation, healing, and repairing damages from the atrocious deeds of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in this 21st century to People of Color throughout the African Diaspora and the Caribbean Basin.

Lucy Duncan

Lucy Duncan is the Truth and Reparations Education Fellow. She currently co-chairs 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 

Amber Walker is the Activism fellow for the Truth Telling Project. She is a native of St. Louis and has worked as a social justice organizer for over 12 years and in 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

Aaron Dorsey, Program and Policy Analyst at National Education Association

Jodie Geddes, an international speaker
on restorative justice, author, and
advocate for racial healing and justice

?Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel, an Indigenous history curriculum contributor for Teaching Tolerance and advocate for Indigenous and Latinx human rights

Cris Toffolo, Founding Advisory
Member of The Truth Telling Project
and current Treasurer

Kian Furnace, MPA, Public Administrator and Program Manager

Woullard Lett, Male Co-chair, New
England chapter of N’COBRA

Dr. Arthur Romano, Scholar-practitioner and Assistant Professor at GMU’s School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Max Hess, of Atlanta Fellowship of Reconciliation

Yolanda Fountain, Democratic County Committeewoman in Ferguson, Missouri, who was the first female African American mayor of Jennings, Missouri

Our History

What We Do

The Truth Telling Project (TTP) works 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 allied communities, and we lead people to The Movement for Black Lives and other racial justice organizations as supporters. 

Our Story

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 in the truth telling of stories that galvanize thoughtful, empathetic and educated allies for Black communities and communities of color. By encouraging “witnesses” to listen to and reflect on voices “from the margins,” our hope is that more and more people become active participants in ending the structural and militarized violence in the U.S.

Our Partners

Our Funding Sources

We are a collaborative working group funded by donations from our supporters and grants from philanthropic organizations.

Our fiscal sponsor is NorthEastern Illinois University.