Critical Resistance has a Community Advisory Board who offer insight, support, and skills to our membership, campaigns, projects, and events. We are honored to work with a group of people, both inside and outside of prison walls, that represents such a breadth and depth of movement experience and knowledge.*

Our Community Advisors are:

  • Avery Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Beth Richie, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bonnie Kerness, American Friends Service Committee
  • Claude Marks, Freedom Archives
  • Craig Gilmore, California Prison Moratorium Project
  • Darryl Jordan, Former Director American Friends Service Committee’s Third World Coalition
  • Dennis Childs, University of California, San Diego
  • Dolores Canales, California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
  • Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Ellen Barry, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Fahd Amed, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
  • Hashim Benford, Power U
  • Jason Lydon
  • Kai Lumumba Barrow, Gallery of the Streets
  • Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
  • Laura Pulido, University of Southern California
  • Layne Mullet, Decarcerate PA
  • Linda Evans, All of Us or None
  • Linda M. Thurston, War Resisters League
  • Mariame Kaba, Project Nia and Survived & Punished
  • Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde
  • Mujahid Farid, Release Aging People in Prison
  • Phil Scraton, Queens College, Belfast
  • Ruthie Gilmore, City University of New York
  • Tamika Middleton
  • Walt Senterfitt, public health epidemiologist, Los Angeles Tenants Union, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

Note: There are also imprisoned people on our Advisory Board, but they are not named to prevent retaliation from prison regimes.

  • Our Community Advisors are different than a traditional “Board” as they do not have decision-making power over the organization nor are responsible for our finances. They are a movement-building and membership-development resource for our organization that work hand-in-hand with membership and staff.