What To Do About Hate-Motivated Violence
Is violence on the rise against some of the country’s most vulnerable groups? What’s the threat to members of the LGBTQ community and other communities of which LGBTQ people are a part? Experts from state and national organizations will give us the latest data – from the growth of what the Southern Poverty Law Center labels hate groups worldwide to bullying in our local schools – and discuss strategies to protect those most in danger.
Kimberly Aceves, Executive Director, RYSE
Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez has been committed to social justice organizing and advocacy efforts that bring voice and power to youth, LGBTQ people, people of color, and working class communities in the Bay Area. Before coming on as the Founding Executive Director for the RYSE Center, Kimberly served as the Executive Director for Youth Together. Kimberly has formerly served on the boards of Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Horizons Foundation, Youth Uprising, Astraea Foundation and she served as the Advisory Board Chair for RYSE’s planning phase. Kimberly has also been a strong advocate for people of color and youth within the funding community and has served as a community funding panel member of the Women’s Foundation, Horizons Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Their Families, Astraea Foundation for Justice, and the California Mental Health Services Administration. Kimberly formerly served on Mayor Ron Dellum’s LGBTQ Task Force, Mayor Jean Quan’s Oakland Education Cabinet and the Richmond Promise Task Force. She is a former Rockwood Leadership Fellow, LeaderSpring Executive Fellow, and most recently a Stanford University Nonprofit Executive Fellow. She lives in Oakland, CA with her wife and two sons.
Madihha Ahussain, Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates
Madihha Ahussain serves as a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates and runs our Program to Counter Anti-Muslim Hate. She’s a nationally known expert on hate crimes and provides direct support and counsel to hate crimes victims. In her position, she travels the country to speak on hate crimes and hateful rhetoric coming from public officials. She also provides support for mosques facing opposition to construction or expansion in violation of the Constiution. In addition, Ms. Ahussain is the lead organizer of the End Hate Coalition, a group of over 65 organizations from across the country focused on fighting anti-Muslim bigotry.
During law school, she excelled in numerous regional and national moot court competitions, including the Whittier Juvenile Law competition where she was a member of the Best Overall Team and was named Best Oral Advocate, as well as the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence competition where she was a national finalist and was given the award for Best Oral Advocate in the Final Round. She was also honored by the State Bar of California with the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for outstanding community service during her law school career.
Ms. Ahussain was a recipient of summer public interest fellowships from both the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California and the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, which allowed her to pursue her interests in civil rights work. She interned with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California, the Asian Law Caucus, and the ACLU of Southern California. Ms. Ahussain also worked part-time in a small law firm during and after college.
Ms. Ahussain received her B.A. with a double major in Sociology, and Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California at Irvine and earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Brian Malte, Project Director, Hope and Heal Fund
Brian Malte is a 23-year veteran of the gun violence prevention movement. He started as a volunteer in 1994 for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.
He went on to become a successful community organizer in California for the Brady Center galvanizing support to help pass many of California’s strong and effective gun laws and building local capacity. In 2001, Brian went to work nationally out of Brady’s Washington, D.C. office. Brian worked closely with gun violence prevention champions Jim and Sarah Brady and oversaw the successful growth of volunteer Million Mom March Chapters across the country.
Brian served as the National Field Director, Political Director and most recently as the National Policy Director for the Brady Center. Brian has worked with dozens of state legislatures, in the halls of Congress and with the White House to advocate for sensible gun reforms.
Brian’s organizing work has been highlighted by Wellstone Action and he has been a featured speaker at many state and national conferences.
Brian has two sons and is married to Maria his wife of 20 years. They now live in Davis where Brian was an undergraduate at the University of California. Brian also has a graduate degree from the University of San Francisco.
Evelyn Schlatter, HateWatch, Southern Poverty Law Center
Evelyn Schlatter completed her B.A. in anthropology at the University of Colorado and her M.A. in anthropology at the University of Denver before returning to Albuquerque to complete a Ph.D. in history at the University of New Mexico, where she specialized in history of the American West, gender, sexuality, and political and social movements. Her doctoral dissertation on white nationalism in the Rocky Mountain West was published in 2006 by the University of Texas Press as Aryan Cowboys: White Nationalists and the Search for a New Frontier, 1970-2000. She is currently a senior analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director, SF LGBTQ Center
Rebecca Rolfe is a community activist who has worked on issues of social justice for over twenty-eight years. She is passionately committed to creating an environment where inequities based on gender, race, economic status, and sexual orientation are addressed effectively. She credits her commitment to community activism to her mother, who taught her the importance of commitment to community, a strong sense of justice, and the individual’s power to make a difference.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Rebecca served as the Center’s Deputy Director for four years. Prior to her arrival at the Center, she worked at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) for over sixteen years, starting as a hotline counselor and ending with an eight year term as Executive Director.
Rebecca is active locally and statewide working to create public policy, programs, and coalitions that address issues of violence against women. She served on the Board of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for eleven years, seven of them as Co-Chair of the Board. She continues to serve in leadership positions on statewide policy committees and task forces, including the Violence Against
Women STOP Task Force and the State Advisory Committee of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
Rebecca lives in San Francisco, with Susan Mooney, her partner of twenty years and their two dogs, Jack and Fergus. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership in developing the vision for the Center and to serve San Francisco’s diverse LGBT communities.
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