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Gaining Tools for Organizing

by Gettysburg College

*Remote Engagement -Virtual Calendar

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

2 PM – 3:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Event Title: A Call to College Students: Political and Community Engagement: Gaining Tools for Political and Community Organizing
Organization: Break Term

Gettysburg College students have been asking for the tools to become the political organizers that our world demands. Join Luis Jonathan Hernandez and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, who will be offering a workshop on political and community organizing. Hernandez is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Over Guns, and St. Bernard-Jacobs is Deputy Executive Director of Women’s March.


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Luis Hernandez

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Youth Over Guns

Luis Jonathan Hernandez is an 18-year-old organizer and activist recognized by BBC Global as 10 Latinos Under 30 Inspiring America. Leading initiatives at the intersection of racial justice and violence prevention, he is a movement strategist, creative and non-profit advisor, and a social impact ambassador. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Over Guns, Hernandez is a leading voice for change in the gun violence prevention movement. 

Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, Hernandez has molded his ambition, loyalty to community, and grounding in Black Radical Tradition. Growing up in the nation's poorest congressional district as an afro-latino made him no stranger to constant experiences of gun violence and unending police brutality in his neighborhood. At the age of 14, Hernandez watched his brother go unjustly through America’s Criminal Legal System for a crime he didn’t commit. Forced to act out of survival, Hernandez began to speak out for safety and justice demanding systems change in bail, policing, and jail conditions, which led to the enactment of bail reform legislation in New York State. Soon after he became a Justice League New York City member, and has since grown to lead national campaigns for youth at the task force’s parent organization: The Gathering for Justice. 

Hernandez has supported constituent services at the Manhattan Borough President's Office, testified on overcriminalization in schools at the New York City Council, and has been recognized for 'his active engagement and commitment to combating injustices' by The Office of The Brooklyn Borough President. As a former National Organizer with Women’s March Youth Empower, Hernandez has also coordinated #Enough Walkouts, mobilized young voters across New York State to the polls, and organized a National Youth Week of Action. He has also led notable public demonstrations like the Youth Over Guns march over the Brooklyn Bridge and #FirePantaleo protests amongst others. He has been featured for his work by MSNBC, BET, Teen Vogue, Mission Magazine, Instagram, CHNGE, Amnesty Intl, and Aeropostale.

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Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs

Deputy Executive Director

Women's March

Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs is a mom, artist, organizer, thought leader, and designer. St. Bernard-Jacobs is one of the women who spearheaded the organization of the Women’s March On Washington on January 21, 2017, helping organize the largest single day protest in history. She currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Program at Women's March. 

She is the co-founder of Youth Empower, the youth arm of Women's March. She led the Youth EMPOWER team in organizing the Enough! National School Walkouts that saw over 2.1 million students walk out of schools demanding safety in their schools and communities from gun violence, making it the largest decentralized single day protest in the history of this country with over 4,000 individual walkouts.  

St. Bernard-Jacobs coordinated the Youth Ambassador program which saw 31 young people from all over the country recognized for their outstanding activist work. She co-led the one day strike, A Day Without A Woman, which saw participation from women all over the world. St. Bernard-Jacobs is the coordinator of the Empower toolkit, a tool for high school and college students that provides actionable tools for organizing, voter education and running for office. Empower is a product of a coalition of groups namely Women’s March, Rock The Vote, Teen Vogue, Rise to Run, The Gathering for Justice and Justice League NYC. 

St. Bernard-Jacobs is a leading voice on parenting anti-racist children and writes often about raising multiracial children in today's America. Read some of her writings here. St. Bernard-Jacobs is also the author of the biweekly column Raising Anti-Racist Kids with St. Bernard-Jacobs has held talks about the intersection of art and activism at several educational institutions, including the Fashion Institute of Technology, St. Francis College, Gettysburg College, George Washington University, and DePauw University, to name a few. 

St. Bernard-Jacobs has also been a panelist about the topic of sustainable fashion and/or activism at Yale University, the Sustainable Textile Summit, New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Sustainability Summit, the Women's Convention, Go Green Convention, and more. St. Bernard-Jacobs consulted with Penguin on the kids book, Little Activists, released in Fall 2017. Together with 24 other Women's March organizers, St. Bernard-Jacobs was recognized as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2017 Women of the Year. She has been featured in the book, 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World and was named one of 100 Women Who Stood Up To Trump In His First 100 Days. St. Bernard-Jacobs was also named one of Nylon's 8 Emerging Designers Who Are Changing The Game.

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Owen Keenan

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Owen Keenan ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and hopes to work in government after he graduates. 

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Brynn Griffith

Co-Vice President

Peace and Justice Student Council

Brynn Griffith ’21 (she/her) is a senior Health Sciences major and Peace and Justice Studies minor. Her main interests are in public health and social justice within our healthcare system. 

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Jenna Thoretz


Peace and Justice Student Council

Jenna Thoretz ’21 is a senior Political Science and Public Policy dual major with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. She is passionate about gender justice and hopes to work in the field of policy advocacy post-graduation to help build a more just world. 

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Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Gettysburg College

Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, native of Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago, is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, and a faculty affiliate in Education, Globalization Studies, and Public Policy. He currently serves as the College’s Director of Peace and Justice Studies.  Prof. Williams teaches classes on human rights; post colonialism; race, gender and identity; education for social change; Caribbean studies; globalization.

He completed his B.A. (Honors) in Psychology at St. Francis College, Brooklyn; a Master of Education in Comparative and International Education with a concentration in philosophy of education, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education in International Educational Development, with a concentration in peace education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research centers on school/structural violence, educational inequities, and youth and community empowerment.

He is the recipient of the Early Career Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2019), the inaugural Emerging Scholars Award from the African Diaspora SIG of the Comparative and International Education Society (2017), and the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Award for Excellence in Teaching from Gettysburg College (2013).

Prof. Williams was a Visiting Scholar (15-16) at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, & Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute (Columbia University) and during the summer of 2017 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he taught a week long class for high school students on human rights. Prof. Williams is an Associate Editor of the academic journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly, serves on the Editorial boards of InFactisPax, and the International Journal of Human Rights Education, and reviews for several other academic journals.  He is the founder of the Global Working Group on Decolonial Human Rights and Peace Education. He travels the world conducting restorative circles, workshops on peer mediation /conflict resolution and leadership development with parents, youth, teachers, political leaders, and varied NGOs.  Prof. Williams is also a theater actor.  He is currently working on a book manuscript:

"An Educational Neocolonial Warp and Douen Liberation"

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