Tem Blessed is a social conscious Hip-Hop artists and cultural worker based out of New Bedford, MA. He rhymes about social justice and sustainability. He creates music with the intention of inspiring people towards positive change. Find him online at www.temblessed.com, youtube.com/temblessed, facebook.com/temblessed
Chicago, IL - Jumaani Bates is a community advocate for environmental issues in the city of Chicago. Currently, Jumaani holds a position as Economic/ Infrastructure committee chair for the 24th Ward. He has been involved in horticulture and urban agriculture for the past six years, dealing with sustainable sites and its affiliation with high performance buildings, with an additional focus on Work Force Development by providing job training and market consultation to under served communities. Jumaani is an environmental literacy/ workforce development trainer, and a strong proponent of inclusive environmental justice both locally and nationally. Blog Entry
Milwaukee, WI - Rob 'Biko' Baker is the Executive Director of The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF), an organization created to empower young people to be players and winners in the democratic process nationwide. Biko has been with the LYVEF since its inception, first as an innovative organizer with Milwaukee's "Campaign Against Violence", and later as national Organizing and Training Director. Biko is a nationally recognized hip-hop organizer, journalist and scholar. Biko also served as the Deputy Publicity Coordinator and Young Voter Organizer for the Brown and Black Presidential Forum (a nationally televised presidential debate which aired on MSNBC). Biko is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, a frequent contributor to The Source, and serves on Wiretap's editorial board. Blog Entry
Oakland, CA - A jock-turned-activist, Nwamaka grew up as a jazz-loving trumpet player who could run really fast. She did not actively begin pursuing her interest in civil rights and social justice issues until college. A first generation Nigerian, Nwamaka double majored in Sociology and African American Studies. While at the university, she realized that her passion is working for social justice issues, and that her future career would be that of a civil rights lawyer. After moving to the Bay Area, Nwamaka began volunteering at the Ella Baker Center because she believed in the organization's commitment to peace, justice and opportunity. Nwamaka is currently the Statewide Organizer for the Ella Baker Center's Soul of the City Campaign Director.
New York, NY - Ibrahim Abdul-Matin is author of the acclaimed book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet." For the past ten years, ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people.Ibrahim's dedication to the environment is rooted in his Deen - his religion of Islam. ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance, and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability.Ibrahim is also a youth organizer and co-author of "Future 500: Youth Organizing and Activism in the United States." He is the brains behind the blog, Brooklyn Bedouin and media personality on WNYC's nationally syndicated radio show, The Takeaway. Abdul-Matin has also been published in ColorLines, WireTap Magazine, and Left Turn. Blog Entry