Meet The Co-Coordinators
Liberation School South coordinates a spirituality and healing leadership cohort that supports, connects and catalyzes changemakers in their work to show up for liberation and center liberation in the world.
Amber Burns-Jones is a writer, artist, dreamer and co-coordinator of Liberation School South. Born and raised in Louisville, Ky, her roots run the length of the American South, carry salt from many seas and are laced with magic.
A seasoned community organizer, Amber has worked at the intersections of food equity, racial justice and cooperative economics. As an artist and poet, she has co-founded two chereo-poetry troupes, S.H.E.! and Mother Tongue Techniques, creating performances and zines that explored feminism, racial justice, ancestry and southern queer displacement. Amber also co-created the arts and healing program of a Kentucky-based youth shelter where she and a collective of artists facilitate visual art, poetry and theater workshops for youth to process and heal from trauma.
Amber believes radical imagination is key to liberation. She spends her days laughing, cooking and learning to cultivate her sparkle with her twin children and partner.
The medicine I bring is unapologetic Black Joy, mothering and radical imagination.
The medicine I need is deepened relationship, deepened spiritual practice and the courage to release all the stories I have to tell.
Sara Green is a southern, cis/queer/poly, Black femme minister living in Nashville, TN. She is co-coordinator for Liberation School South. Sara, a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, currently works for the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry Associate. She enjoys making herbal medicine, traveling and training for her next triathlon. She imagines liberation/salvation/beloved community as communities that have the ability to eat good food together, experience pleasure in our bodies and regularly put their hands in soil- all the while free from fear and violence by way of all of the cultural and legal changes that must happen in order for this world to exist. She understands herself as part of a legacy of cultural workers, healers, maroons and creoles, southern queer freedom fighters and artists trying to shape god.
Born in Venezuela, AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the Latin diaspora. With over a decade of non-profit and faith-based community organizing experience, she now works independently—pursuing justice in an intersectional and holistic way. She works as a consultant, educator, writer, and visual artist in both sacred and secular spaces. AnaYelsi is the founder of En Conjunto —a collective providing support, community, resources, and collaborative opportunities to people of color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos’ Progressive Christian channel and she is the co-host for the upcoming Mystic Soul podcast with Teresa P. Mateus. She serves on the board of the Festival Center in Washington, DC and is affiliated with the Mystic Soul Project and the Union of Affirming Christians. AnaYelsi loves disappearing for hours in an art museum, feeding people a homemade flan of which she is unabashedly proud, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching an absurd number of problematic made-for-tv holiday romcoms. She lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow her on twitter at @brwneyedamzn and on Facebook (/browneyedamazon).
Biggest love and respect to others from our founding faculty team of 2017/18:
Will Brummett, Kate Werning and Sarah Nunez and advisors Tufara Waller Muhammad and Jardana Peacock.