We are exceptionally proud to introduce our brilliant speakers!

Connie McCloud, Puyallup

Connie McCloud is the culture director of the Puyallup Tribe and has spent decades preserving the legacy of her people in the South Sound. She will give our opening remarks and blessing.

FIRST GROUP OF SPEAKERS: At Tivoli Fountain @ 10:00

Claudia Kauffmann – Nez Perce Tribe

Claudia Kauffman is a former state senator from the 47th LD who founded the Native Action Network, a non-profit that supports female Native Americans. She serves as the intergovernmental liaison for the Muckleshoot Tribe.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins -27th L.D. – LGBTQIA

Rep. Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th LD and was first elected in 2010. She is the first openly lesbian member of the State Legislature. Rep “Jinkins earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and completed executive studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is currently the deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and previously held several positions within the Washington State Department of Health. She worked as an assistant attorney general in the state Office of the Attorney General, and remains active in many community organizations.

Dr. Karen A. Johnson – Black Alliance of Thurston County

Dr. Karen A. Johnson is the founder of the non-profit Black Alliance of Thurston County. She has long worked with people of color and gone beyond the color barrier. Her work also includes creating a state task force addressing policing and the use of deadly force in Washington.She and the Black Alliance are leading the support for HB1000/SB5000 which would remove archaic language on use of deadly force in policing currently in state law and allow greater police accountability to our communities. Dr. Johnson works tirelessly for conversations on race in our communities.

Carletta Garroway – Educational Specialist

Carletta Garroway currently works for GEAR UP program at The Evergreen State College, providing academic support and college preparation to high school students. She is the Co-founder/Executive Director of The Northwest Connection to Higher Education, a non-profit organization assisting students with college admission and scholarships, focusing with an emphasis on exploring Historically Black College & University admission opportunities.

MARCH to BEGIN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

SECOND GROUP OF SPEAKERS – On the steps of the Legislative Building
Heather Ahmed – Islamic Center of Olympia

Heather Ahmed is a resident of Tumwater since 2001, a wife and mother who also fits in being a Girl Scout leader, collaborating with InterFaith Works, and heading up the Outreach Committe for the Islamic Center of Olympia.
Rosa McLeod – Senator Maria Cantwell’s Office – Roe V Wade

Rosa worked for a number of years at Planned Parenthood. She is now working at Maria Cantwell’s office. She has a long history working with individuals and families in regards to their health care needs.
Rep. Tina Orwall – 33rd L.D. – Rape Kits and Rape Kit Tracking System

Rep. Tina Orwall represents the 33rd L.D. district and the proud sponsor of pro-women bills and amendments. Rep. Orwell is the sponsor of the Rape Tracking bill that passed last year in the Legislature. Rep. Tina Orwall has taken the next step toward fixing this problem the rape kit issue and the funding of law enforcement training as well as making improvements to the state’s crime lab for the processing of these kits. Rep. Orwell just introduced Bill HB1109.
Lennee Reid – Indigenous People

Lennée Reid is a poet activist survivor goddess single mama on the spectrum who doesn’t like labels. She was the Olympia Peoples Mics first representative to the Women of the World poetry slam. She has performed across the country including at Standing Rock, Seattle, NYC STL She is most recently published in “Single Mothers Speak on Patriarcy”, a girl god anthology. Many of her poems can be found with Olympia’s favorite social justice newspaper “Works in Progress”.

And in addition to our wonderful speakers, we would like to thank Karma Arslanian for donating her time signing and Artesian Rumble for playing such great music for us.