What is Women’s Fellowship?
The Women’s Fellowship is an annual 12-month program that builds the leadership of formerly incarcerated women of color, or those directly impacted by incarceration and the criminal justice system. Its goal is to equip women leaders with the tools they need to engage in strategic discussions and partnerships to shape policy decisions and establish how power is attained and wielded at home, work and their communities. Through training and political education sessions, the program aims to support justice-involved women so they can envision themselves out of their current realities and craft an agenda that is for and by them.
For the inaugural pilot, Community Change has selected 10 fellows.
Carla “Bam” Taylor
I am a community organizer committed to changing the world one heart at a time. A true Atlien from the west side of Atlanta (Zone 1). And though formerly incarcerated, it doesn’t stop me but drives me to be great on the “assist” to make other people great. Born to be a freedom fighter; because until we’re all free, none of us are free.
Home base: Georgia
Local organization: Women on The Rise
I am a mother of five, a grandmother of 13, a sister, daughter, and freedom fighting organizer who is committed to the leadership of women of color. I am formerly incarcerated and served a combined 12 years in prison. I now fight each day to restore the human, civic and moral dignity of women and girls in my community, city and state, and I envision a world where every woman has a safe and healthy environment to thrive and heal.”
Home base: Louisiana
Local organization: Operation Restoration
I am a 2019 Community Change fellow from Portland, OR. I am directly impacted by the criminal justice, immigration, and foster care systems. I am a descendant of a long line of warriors from the Yakama and Oglala Lakota nations, and I am committed to combating all injustices everywhere.
Home base: Oregon
Local organization: Partnership for Safety and Justice
Jessica Contreras Quezada
I am a guerrera (warrior) from Guerrero, Mexico, raised in the southern state of North Carolina. I am a loving and helpful daughter, sister, partner and organizer who is directly impacted by the unjust immigration system and who works to bring justice not only to the immigrant communities but to communities of color impacted by the system of oppression built to tear us down.
Home base: North Carolina
Local organization: Comunidad Colectiva
I am your indigenous sister, Mohawk woman, a witness of imprisonment, adversity survivor, spirit lover, working to end violence, living for the next generation. I am a descendant of women of the wolf clan lineage, and I am rooted in the community of Akwesasne.
Home base: Akwesasne, Mohawk Reservation
Local organization: Seven Dancers Coalition
I am a daughter of the revolution, standing in solidarity with my sisters to transform, educate and empower communities. Three generations of incarceration impact me as I break chains and knock down barriers while serving a life sentence on the outside.
Home base: Pennsylvania
Local organization: Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration
Noemi Romero Gomez
I am a daughter, sister, aunt, and a family advocate. Born in Mexico, raised in Arizona; I am someone who was directly impacted by the criminal and immigration systems, and I will put up a fight through whatever the struggle may be. I believe in change, and with an open heart will change the world one step at a time.
Home base: Arizona
Local organization: Puente Human Rights Movement
I am a formerly incarcerated activist and natural-born leader straight out of Atlanta, Zone 3. I’m an innovative visionary, fighting to restore the rights and dignity of directly impacted women of color in the South. I’m more than a conqueror, I WINN!
Home base: Georgia
Local organization: RestoreHer!
Tammy Fournier Alsaada
I am an Author, Advocate and formerly incarcerated Community Organizer from Columbus, Ohio, whose mission is to be a voice for my community by advocating for criminal justice reform issues important to grassroots community members and their families.
Home base: Ohio
Local organization: Peoples Justice Project
I am a child of God, filled with grace and mercy. A 2019 Women’s Fellow, Democracy Fellow, a dynamic mom, and grandma. I am an impacted black woman from Kentucky, an advocate, formerly incarcerated woman, organizer, team leader, and follower. Best of all, a friend…set out to break the generational curse of incarceration.
Home base: Kentucky
Local Organization: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth