Some of the activists featured in Fire in the Heart

Mark Soler
Mark is Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy in Washington, DC. He has worked on juvenile justice reform for many years and helped found the Building Blocks for Youth project when he was President of the Youth Law Center. You can read about Mark in chapters 2, 3 and 5 of Fire in the Heart.
Ingrid Chapman
Ingrid is an anti-racist organizer and trainer for the Catalyst Project in the Bay Area, where she has been most recently developing the Anne Braden Anti-racist Training Program. In this photo she is on a march protesting SB 1070, the anti-immigrant legislation passed in Arizona. You can read about Ingrid in chapter 2 of Fire in the Heart.
David Utter
David is the director of the Florida Youth Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was a founder of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana which helped close the infamous Tallulah detention center and advocated for black youth in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. You can read about David in chapters 2 and 5 of Fire in the Heart.
Cathy Rion
Cathy is a youth organizer and former member of the board of Californians for Justice.  She is also a Unitarian Universalist minister and is pictured here officiating the wedding of another anti-racist organizer,  Jes Champagne (photo by Jill Shenker). You can read about Cathy in chapter 6 of Fire in the Heart.
Alex Caputo-Pearl
Alex is a teacher at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where you see him teaching his history class. Alex is one of the founders of the Coalition for Educational Justice, a parent-student-teacher activist organization, and is active in a progressive caucus in his union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles. You can read about Alex in chapter 6 of Fire in the Heart.
Kathy Dudley
Kathy is an evangelical Christian who has worked on community development and interracial partnerships for many years. She is a  founder of the Voice of Hope Ministries and the Dallas Leadership Foundation. Recently, she has been working in Nigeria, where she is pictured conducting workshops in Christian community development. You can read about Kathy in chapters 4, 6 and 7 of Fire in the Heart.
Lewis Pitts
Lewis is a lawyer with a long history of supporting racial justice organizing in the South. He served as the lead attorney in the civil suit filed against members of the KKK and Nazi Party for killing 4 anti-Klan protesters in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1979. He is now working as a children’s advocate with Legal Aid of North Carolina. You can read some of Lewis’ views  in chapters 3 and 5 of Fire in the Heart.
Z. Holler
Z. is one of the leaders of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a founder of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first effort of its kind to address the history of racism in the United States.  Z. is a retired Presbyterian minister who began his activism during the civil rights movement.   You can read about Z. in chapters 4 and 7 of Fire in the Heart.
Joseph Ellwanger
Joseph is a retired Lutheran minister and one of the leaders of the faith-based community organizing group called MICAH in Milwaukee. Joseph led the first march of white people in support of civil rights in the South, in Alabama in 1965. Here he is pictured in with Annetta Nunn, Birmingham’s first African American chief of police while attending the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma. You can read about Joseph in chapter 4 of Fire in the Heart.
Madeline Talbott
Madeline is a long-time community organizer for the former ACORN organization. She is now the lead organizer for Action Now in Chicago. Here she is pictured in a rally at Wells Fargo Bank to demand loan modifications for people who were given predatory loans. You can read about Madeline is chapter 3 of Fire in the Heart.
Bob Peterson
Bob is a 5th grade teacher at La Escuela Fratney, a bilingual public school in Milwaukee. Here you see Bob watching his students try Christopher Columbus for genocide in a role play he organizes in his section on the “discovery” of America. Bob is also a founding editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and the National Coalition of Education Activists. You can read about Bob in chapter 6 of Fire in the Heart.
Seth Newton
Seth is a former labor organizer for HERE, SEIU and AFSCME where he helped organize and represent mostly immigrant workers in hotels and the service industry in California. You can read about Seth in chapters 2 and 4 of Fire in the Heart.