Our Team

BlackOUT collective is comprised of 5 collective members, 4 staff members, and our Dark Matter Network.

Staff

Chinyere Tutashinda, Co-Director
Pronouns:
Her/She
Direct action that inspired you: I am inspired by the long-term resilience based actions of Marron communities’.
Favorite direct action that you have participated in:  Say her name Action in 2015 SF financial district
Why do you believe in direct action: Directly confronting power is transformational for our communities and for the people engaging in it.

Celeste Faison, Co-Director

Kierra Sims, Development Associate
Pronouns: She/Her
Direct action that inspired you: I’m always inspired by mountain watchers and protectors. I’m constantly inspired by my fellow Appalachians in eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia protecting abandoned & current mined land sites, who always hold the Mapuche community of southern Chile as they continue to protect their water and land from public and private interests. Land, water, & mountains hold so much love and wisdom. I’m extremely grateful for anyone who puts their bodies on the line to protect these gifts.
Why do you believe in direct action: Direct action honors all parts of all of us without apology. Direct action is a public display of a combination of emotions: anger, hurt, and tiredness of violence inflicted upon us, as well as, love, resilience, and collective courage. Direct action honors all of those feelings, experiences, and purpose. It demands an acknowledgement of our dignity and human(ness). Holding all of these in the same place, at the same time, is a revolutionary act.

Nikita Mitchell, Program Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her
Direct action that inspired you: I am deeply inspired by the actions of my ancestors who participated in rebellions against enslavement, ran away to freedom, and who even took more drastic measures to evade capture. Reflecting on their brave acts, reminds me that our bodies are enough in the fight for liberation. I am reminded of what becomes more possible when we put our bodies on the line, for the benefit of our people.
Favorite Direct Action that you participated in: The Black Visions Collective Superbowl action in Minneapolis
Why do you believe in direct action: By participating in direct action, we have the ability to heal ourselves from the toll that oppression takes on our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. By directly confronting power, we create more room for our own humanity and potential for self and collective determination.
Our Collective
As a Collective we have 6 collective members that serve as a political advisory team that guides our political direction and long term work.  The Collective is full of Black organizers who are; queer, radical, strategist, policy experts, land workers, resource generators and dope ass Back people.