Vanessa Riles -- August 18, 2019
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Vanessa Riles a Black, queer, sex positive, body positive, activist, organizer, and spiritual lay leader was born and raised in Oakland. She is dedicating her life and her ministry to seeking freedom from white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, American exceptionalism and oppression of all kinds for herself and everyone marginalized, disenfranchised, criminalized and oppressed by these forces. Vanessa has served as a member of FCCO in a variety of capacities and has grown spiritually through her service, and her connection to this faith community in addition to her growing and developing relationships with God and Jesus Christ
Vanessa participates in direct actions, community organizing, and public policy work throughout Oakland to protest the persistent and pervasive war on Black life. She has organized with Second Acts, #Interfaith4BlackLives, black.seed, the East 12th Coalition, Bay Area Restaurant Workerís Movement, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition, the Citywide Anti-Displacement Network, the Anti Police Terror Project and various other groups fighting for the lives and freedoms of Black, POC, disabled and LGBTQI2S people and communities. Vanessaís participation in direct action and her commissions of civil disobedience are deeply rooted in her faith. She is searching for meaning and fulfillment in a world that keeps telling her that her voice, her vote, and her very life donít matter. Vanessa is deeply honored to be given the opportunity to offer herself as a vessel once again.
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