Mitchell McDowell is the founder of We the People Org, Inc. His vision for the organization is to focus on the community service sector and promote social justice in the United States. Mitchell has 25 years of experience as the owner of bail bonds offices, community service including coaching and mentoring children in film projects, and the United States military reserves. He and We the People Org are currently involved in moving a California sentence reform initiative, “The People’s Fair Sentencing & Public Safety Act”, to the 2018 ballot as well as promoting social justice via communications, blogs and the organization’s website. Mitchell can be contacted at (888) 245-9393 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Loversky is the President of We the People Org. He is a prominent active member of the organization. Thomas has been a defense crime attorney for almost 30 years. He started off as a Public Defender in Los Angeles County, and since 1993, has been the President, CEO, COO, CFO, and General Counsel at Law Office of Thomas Loversky. He is a longtime advocate of social justice. He has had numerous disadvantaged families that could not afford to pay for his services, and he has taken their cases pro bono, if the families were really in need of a defense lawyer. Thomas can be contacted at (888) 245-9393 or via email at email@example.com.
Andrea DeBerry, the marketing professional in Grant Writing, received her Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Integrated Marketing & Communications professional certificate from DePaul University, and her Masters of Science in Communications from Northwestern University. She currently is a Program Specialist at one of the Nation’s largest private non-profit Community Action Agencies. Andrea can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drawing on more than a decade of experience in the area of marketing and public relations, Dalyce Kelley provides a wealth of knowledge and insights in business strategy with particular expertise in social media, digital marketing and advertising, promotions and brand management. After serving as a popular radio host in Dallas, Texas, Dalyce graduated with a degree in Business Marketing and founded her own marketing and public relations consulting firm, Carrcomm Enterprises, LLC.
Dalyce has played an influential role in the career development of many public figures and in the marketing and corporate strategy of a plethora of organizations from real estate firms, physician practices, non-profit organizations and entertainment companies.
As the organizations marketing and public relations officer, Dalyce joined We The People Org. because of her passion for ending mass incarceration and promoting social justice. Dalyce can be reached via email at email@example.com
Elizabeth Pedraza has had a varied career on her way to working with We The People Org, starting with a BA in Anthropology, cataloguing Native American artifacts in Pittsburgh, PA, to working in meatpacking, licensed childcare, teaching ESL students and finally receiving a teaching license and an MA in English Language Learning. Fluent in Spanish, along the way she raised 3 sons and has run a translating service for the local Hispanic community for the last 25 years. Now with a loved one in the CDCR with a long 3 strikes sentence, she is working to help not just him, but all those suffering with draconian sentences.
Eleanore Feldman, M.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for 30 years in hospital, community, and private settings. Her experience providing mental health services in the California prison system made her aware of the psychosocial implications and unnecessary expense of long term incarceration for non-violent offenders. She sees the need for criminal justice that focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration into the community as a societal benefit and a practical money-saving measure for California.
Elizabeth Stewart is an Ambassador of We the People Org. She has a personal connection to criminal justice reform through her son, Jeremy, who was arrested for property theft and given a 70 years to life sentence under the California Three Strikes law in 2010. She began her activism by serving as Chapter Leader for Families to Amend California Three Strikes (FACT) from 2010-2015, and is currently continuing her work with All of Us or None, A New Path, and Moms United out of San Diego and the Fair Chance Program in Los Angeles. Elizabeth has shared her son’s story through speaking engagements and the creation of the “Three-Striker” documentary which exposes how the Three Strikes law sends nonviolent criminals away for life. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dennis Malone
Rev. Dennis Malone has more than 25 years experience advocating for criminal justice reform. Rev. Malone has earned a Bachelors of Social Science degree and is certified through SDSU in Community Economic Development (CED). Honors include the San Diego Foundation for Change Danzig Award for outstanding community grassroots organizing. Documentaries: “America’s Longest War” A film about drug prohibition. Rev. Malone’s lead organizing efforts include; United Afro American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), where he recruited faith and community based agencies into joint collaborations leading towards effective policy changes. Families to Amend CA’s Three Strikes Law – San Diego Chapter, (FACTS). Rev. Malone currently directs “All of Us or None, San Diego”, a grassroots movement of former prisoners and felons, organizing to combat the many forms of discrimination faced as the result of felony convictions. He is in the 15th year of service on the Board of Directors of Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing “A New PATH”. These accomplishments come after serving nearly a decade (1982-1991) in federal and state penal institutions. Since 1991 Rev. Malone has been an example of “A second chance made good.”
Kevin Bilal Chatman
Bilal became an ambassador of We The People Org, because of his dedication to ending mass incarceration. Born in Los Angeles, Kevin Bilal Chatman and moved to San Jose as a child with his single mother (a nurse) and three brothers. In the 1980s when the economy crashed, Bilal lost his job. At this time the crack epidemic hit, he was swept up in drug addiction and dealing. Ultimately, he received a 150 years-to-life sentence under California’s “Three Strikes” law for selling $200 worth of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was then incarcerated at Soledad, Solano, Jamestown, and ultimately San Quentin State Prison. San Quentin, known for its unusual commitment to programming, Bilal took classes in Sociology, Anger Management, Conflict resolution, A.A. Peer Mentoring, Drug Treatment, Parenting, Humanities, and of course Yoga, which went well with Religious Studies. Bilal also was a very active member in (M.A.C.) Men’s Advisory Counsel. A go between of the inmates and officers. Bilal was also member of the prison’s Baseball, Football, teams, as well as coached and refereed Basketball.
In 2012, Californians overwhelmingly voted to amend the “Three Strikes” law and Bilal became eligible for release. After nearly 11 years, he returned to San Jose, a district with relatively high support for those reentering, and has since thrived. He is currently the Operations Manager for a major Logistics Company in Newark California. Responsible for 9 Supervisors, with over 150 employees. Bilal is also a Supervisor at world know Football team in Santa Clara. In 2015 Bilal was named Employee of the year.
As a member of “The Return Project,” as well as featured in the Emmy Nominated Documentary, “The Return”, he was also featured on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has been invited to the White House, and has been a panelist at a Capitol Hill Screening with Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore. Bilal has also been on panels in Philadelphia, Virginia, Washington D.C, Chicago New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, san Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland. He has traveled to Prisons in New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, California. Bilal also Is a member of the “Ride Home Program” a Program that picks up released Obama Clemency recipients, take them shopping, get them their first meal, share my story of experience, strength , and hope, and their first 24 hours released. He continues to travel the country speaking about the effects of mass incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse on communities and individuals across America. Bilal is also now interested in writing a book.
Brenna Scott is a Public Relations Intern with We the People Org with experience in event coordination, public outreach, and administration. As a student at Las Positas College, much of Brenna’s interests include Law and Political Science. Wanting to learn more about her interests in Law and Political Science, Brenna took the Public Relation Internship with We the People Org, where she uses her background in public outreach and event coordinating to help push the organization closer towards its goal. Brenna aspires to pursue a career in Law where she can continue to grow and make a difference. Brenna can be contacted at email@example.com.
Tomomi Tazumi is an international student of Diablo Valley College. She is a native of Japan. She has been in the United States almost three years. Next fall, she will be transferring to a four‐year university. Her major was Economics and Accounting. She has a national license as an Accountant in Japan. However, she has changed her major to Political Science after the President of the United States has changed. In school, she is taking Political Science classes and working as a Japanese tutor. She is multilingual. She can speak Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. After she started to learn about Political Science in the United States, she decided her goal would be to promote people to understand and respect the Constitution of the United States under our democracy of selecting candidates for elections. Tomomi Tazumi can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Wong is a Social Media/Administrative Intern at We The People Org. John’s past experience includes promoting startup companies by making marketing videos and managing social media channels, as well as serving as a teaching assistant and mentor to immigrant and minority students. John is excited to support We the People Org in advocating its cause and advancing its stalwart mission towards combating social injustice. John holds a BA in Communication from Santa Clara University. John can be contacted at email@example.com.
As a member of We The People Org, Dawn Cuevas brings experience having worked in the legal industry for almost a decade. From Lodi, California, she moved to Orange County as a teenager and returned back in 1999. Dawn has been heavily involved with The Relay for Life as a committee member, as well as Team Captain for several years. Most recently she has offered support to Initiate Justice for the Prop 57 and Life Support Alliance. Dawn is extremely passionate about this cause and ensuring that non-violent three strikers are reunited with their families.
Christina Marie Tillett is a member of We The People Org and has over 18 years of experience in marketing. She is proud to be doing her part to helping bring awareness to the need for mass incarceration reform. As the wife to a man currently incarcerated for a non-violent third strike, she became extremely passionate about making a differnce, not only for her family, but the lives of thousands of other families that are negatively impacted by the greed of private prison companies benefiting from mass incarceration.
As the wife of Jesse Meraz, a non-violent third striker, and a member of We The People Org, Lupita has dedicated her life to advocating for the incarcerated. She has worked for Riverside County Behavioral Health for nearly 11 years, and a few years in the private sector with behavioral health and Juvenile Justice. She is an Inmate Family Council Member at Wasco State Prison, and active with my church Victory Outreach Indio. She is the Admin of three pages on Facebook, including my husbands justice page @JusticeforJesseMeraz and Wasco Prison Groups.