WHY DEEP STATE? 

Across America, forces are threatening to divide us. People don’t feel safe. People feel scared to speak their truth, to join the wrong group, to confess ignorance or uncertainty.

In the face of this fear, we still feel motivated to take a stand for each other. Hundreds and thousands of us are showing up -- whether marching in the streets or writing letters -- to stand with others who are also feeling confused, hurt and anxious to make some kind of tangible difference to the racial and social injustices we face. However, even in the midst of our marches, vigils and events, we often find ourselves only having the same discussions with our same friends.

So many of us want to get involved but aren't sure what our roles should be. How do I as a Asian American straight man engage in the reality of Anti-Blackness and struggle?  How do I as a white queer woman stand humbly and bravely in the indigenous struggle? How can I as a black woman share safely about the stories I face on a daily basis in the broad movement of all women in our country? How do we understand those working with us -- the people we see marching with and for our communities?

What if you could take a step beyond your typical circles, beyond our conclusions, and gain a greater sense of the struggles of other people and communities -- in a safe, inclusive and intersectional space? What if you could learn how to participate effectively and humbly in the movements of others, especially when you're just starting out? 

At Deep State, we are offering a weekend to help each other answer these questions and find support in this journey into social and political action. 

Through workshops, talks, and relationship building experiences, you'll build both our knowledge and our commitment to the community of social action. You'll learn how to share our own stories, and how to connect who we are -- where you come from, your values, your experiences -- with the battles at hand. And you'll learn the necessary skills to intervene effectively. 

Most importantly, though, you’ll learn about the people around you and the common values you share. We don't have time for division amongst ourselves in this political moment. We are inviting you into a space to listen with humility, engage out of compassion and empathy, and explore together what it means to be an active citizen in these challenging times. And hopefully return to the world with a deeper sense of why social engagement matters to you, and how you can participate.

ORGANIZING TEAM

Deep State is a co-created, volunteer-run effort. Tell us about yourself here if you want to get involved!

Annie Bickerton / Co-founder, Programming

Annie Bickerton / Co-founder, Programming

Grace Ahrens / Programming

Grace Ahrens / Programming

Mohammed Naeem / Outreach Lead

Mohammed Naeem / Outreach Lead

Lauren Rodman / Experience Lead

Lauren Rodman / Experience Lead

David Sangokoya / Co-founder, Operations

David Sangokoya / Co-founder, Operations

Sara Dinari / Logistics 

Sara Dinari / Logistics 

Duncan Wall / Co-founder, Creative

Duncan Wall / Co-founder, Creative

Audrey Dotson / Marketing

Audrey Dotson / Marketing

Rapi Castillo / Tech Lead

Rapi Castillo / Tech Lead

Juwan Mimes / Social Strategy

Juwan Mimes / Social Strategy

Andy Ng / Experience Lead

Andy Ng / Experience Lead

Ciara Taylor / Political Education

Ciara Taylor / Political Education

Jillian Richardson / Copywriter

Jillian Richardson / Copywriter

Ericka Persson / Digital Team

Ericka Persson / Digital Team

ADVISORY BOARD

Murad Awawdeh / Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition

Murad Awawdeh / Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition

Melody Lopez / Director @ New York Civic Engagement Table

Melody Lopez / Director @ New York Civic Engagement Table

Laura Dawn / Founder @ Art Not War, Fmr Creative Director @ Moveon.org

Laura Dawn / Founder @ Art Not War, Fmr Creative Director @ Moveon.org

Heidi Sieck / CEO/Co-Founder @ #VOTEPROCHOICE, founding COO @ Civic Hall

Heidi Sieck / CEO/Co-Founder @ #VOTEPROCHOICE, founding COO @ Civic Hall

Tracie Gardner / Associate Director @ Legal Action Center, Fmr Asst Sec of Health @ NY State 

Tracie Gardner / Associate Director @ Legal Action Center, Fmr Asst Sec of Health @ NY State 

Alnoor Ladha / Founder @ The Rules, Co-founder @ Purpose

Alnoor Ladha / Founder @ The Rules, Co-founder @ Purpose

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Committees of organizations and individuals from activism and social justice organizations from across New York (program, operations, volunteer, experience, ambassadors) have come together to help support and make Deep State a reality.  

Ginger Albertson, City Team Lead and Operations, Indivisible Brooklyn

Nick Benacerraf, Co-Artistic Director, The Assembly Theater Project

Michaela Bethune, Director of Campaigns, DoSomething

Dinorah Cantu, Academy Coaching Programs, The Governance Lab at NYU

Rebecca Davis, Founder, Rally & Rise

Sarah Fishbein, VP, SEIU Pennsylvania

Claire Gailey, NY Organizing Director, Code Blue

Laura Galindez, Integrative Health Navigator at UPenn

Sneha Goud, Contributor, Brown Girl Magazine

Ayisha Irfan, Co-Founder, Muslim Writers Collective

Jamal Johnson, Co-Director, Everyday Justice

Kerri Kelly, Founder, CTZNWELL

Hannah Lane, Strategist, ThoughtWorks

Sonya Reynolds, Data Director, New York Civic Engagement Table

Miss Sabado, DJ / Producer, Intersection Dance Party

James Vaughan, Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Saron Yitzbarek, Founder, Code Newbie