The Advisory Board of the Icarus Project consists of individuals whose work is informed by experiences of mental health-based issues and oppression. This wonderful group of healers, cultural workers, community organizers, and rabble rousers advises The Icarus Project collective on our strategic and programmatic direction. Currently the Advisory Board is closed to new members, but we may open it to new members in the near future. Do you have interest in learning more about our Advisory Board? Email Maryse Mitchell-Brody, Development Coordinator & Ally Liaison, at maryse(at)theicarusproject.net.
Anthony is an educator, rabble rouser, and weirdo artist whose work has focused on facilitating member-run organizations such as democratic schools, youth-run centres, and cooperatives. He has organized with radical mad folks such as the Icarus Project and the Bay Area Radical Mental Health Collective going back to 2005, and currently is entering his fourth year as the Volunteer and Facility Coordinator at Gallery Gachet, an artist-run centre run by a collective of artists who self-identify as being marginalized by their mental health, trauma, and/or abuse experience. Anthony has lived on the Unceded land of the Musqeuam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish since 2009, and has lived and organized in South-East Michigan, 1836-ceded Odawa & Huron territory and the Bay Area of California, Ohlone territory. He greatly enjoys eating wild berries, has a tendency toward long wanders, and is a cat person.
Elliott is a queer trans mixed race Nikkei person hailing from Minnesota who is currently settling into his new home in Philadelphia. He has been fighting the good fight for about 13 years as an organizer, trainer and facilitator in all kinds of spaces and places across the United States. Most recently he worked as the Program Coordinator of TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project. Elliott is also a survivor of the wards, having spent a good chunk of his youth in and out of psychiatric facilities in the Midwest, and has a particulardesire and passion to talk about how community accountability, anti-oppression work, safety and wellness planning, and building with ourselves and each other can change our experiences as gifted/crazy/mad folks.
Jacks's bio coming soon.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leah Lakshmi (shown at left) is a queer disabled femme writer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The author of the Lambda Award-winning Love Cake, Dirty River, Bodymap and Consensual Genocide and co-editor with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her writings on femme of color and Sri Lankan identities, survivorhood, and healing, disability and transformative justice have appeared in the anthologies Octavia's Brood, Dear Sister, Letters Lived, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.
She is the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, North America's touring queer and trans people of color cabaret, a lead artist with the disability justice incubator Sins Invalid and co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press' 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future and she is a 2013 Autostraddle Hot 105 member. She lives between Toronto, unceded Three Fires Confederacy Territories and Seattle, unceded Duwamish territories, with the love of her life, a wolfdog, and her friend family.
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