Jeremiah Chapman | Communications Fellow
Jeremiah Chapman is a North Carolina-based activist who focuses on raising the voices of people fighting for equality. Jeremiah honed his skills as a photographer, videographer and graphic designer while a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. His latest video project, Tundra, will focus on the lives of people in marginalized communities, immigrants and how protecting the safety net will help all families thrive.
Wendi C. Thomas
Wendi C. Thomas | Writing Fellow
Wendi C. Thomas is a social justice activist and award-winning journalist from Memphis, Tennessee. Click here to read some of Wendi’s stories.
Stephanie Land | Writing Fellow
Stephanie is mom to two beautiful girls and their shelter dog, Bodhi. She has worked as a house cleaner and landscaper to make ends meet and now works as a freelance writer whose work has been featured on The Guardian, Vox, DAME, Mamalode, Salon, Narrative.ly and Literary Mama. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Click here to read some of Stephanie’s stories.
Fredrick McKissack Jr.
Fredrick McKissack Jr. | Writing Fellow
Fred is a freelance writer, a former editorial page writer and journalist and currently is the co-coordinator of development for the Center for Nonviolence in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he lives with his wife and son. Click here to read some of Fred’s stories.
Micaela Watts | Communciations Fellow
Micaela Watts is a Memphis journalist who focuses on telling the stories of communities that have been strangled by generations of inequitable policies. She will work with senior communications fellow Wendi Thomas on an exciting new project called MLK50 that will look at how, 50 years after the assassination of Dr. King, so many Americans, particularly people of color, continue to be marginalized and left behind. In her spare time, Micaela remains on a lifelong quest for the perfect hot wing or luring would-be foster dogs into her car with whatever morsel of food available to her.
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington | Writing Fellow
Darryl worked as a parking lot attendant in Savannah, Ga, before switching careers in his late 30’s. Since becoming a freelance writer, he has covered post-Katrina New Orleans, poverty exploitation in the plasma industry, and the Charleston massacre. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click here to read some of Darryl’s stories.
Alison Stine | Communications Fellow
Alison Stine, a former high school teacher and professor who lives in Appalachia Ohio with her young son. As a freelance writer, her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Talk Poverty, and The Kenyon Review. Alison is also a visual artist whose street art appears as public murals and focuses on art as a tool for social justice.
Thomas Kennedy | Writing Fellow
Born in Argentina, Thomas Kennedy came to the United States with his parents at the age of ten, first living in New Jersey before settling down in Miami. After living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade and seeing the daily struggles his parents overcame in their daily lives in order to have a better life, Thomas became involved in student activism and immigration reform advocacy. He is currently an International Relations student at Florida International University and works with the Florida-based immigrant’s rights organizations United Families and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
Jamilah Sabur | Communications Fellow
Jamilah Sabur is an interdisciplinary artist who was born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Interdisciplinary Sculpture in 2009 and an MFA in Visual Arts from University of California San Diego in 2014. During the 2016 election cycle, Sabur worked as an organizer for Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes and coordinated The Love Bus Project, an intervention to fight racism and xenophobia with art and civic engagement. She is interested in embodied cognition and believes in the value of emotional experience in changing minds. Sabur lives in Miami, FL.
Sharisse Tracey | Communications Fellow
Sharisse Tracey is an Army wife in upstate New York, mother of four, educator and writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon and Essence.Her life story has been featured in an off Broadway play, NOT SOMEONE LIKE ME, which chronicles five stories of sexual assault survivors. She’s is an activist focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, autism awareness, military families and equality in education.
Too often, the media relies on tired tropes about poverty and who is poor, portraying people who live on the brink as either victims or deadbeats. Our writing fellows work to change the narrative of poverty, focusing on the real lives of the people who are struggling every day to make ends meet for their families. The fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and locations, but they share a passion for social justice and first-hand experience that brings powerful context to the stories they tell. Their stories have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox and Salon, among other publications.
We coach our Communications Fellows to tell their stories and those of the people in their communities and across the nation who live on the brink in this economy. Our goal is to raise the voices of low-income people and empower new leaders to speak out and join the movement through powerful storytelling.