Gail A. Burton
Gail A. Burton grew up in East Harlem NYC and graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.She was trained by and is a member of the facilitation collective, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory at the Brecht Forum, in NYC; and currently serves as the coordinator of the collective’s multiplication project, TOPLAB New England. She has studied Image, Forum, and Rainbow of Desire theater techniques under the guidance of Marie-Claire Picher, Julian and Augusto Boal; as well as other members of the collective. Burton has been a member of the Medea Project Theater for Incarcerated Women in San Francisco, CA. and coordinator and workshop leader for her New Freedwoman Project, in MA.
In 2007, she received the Black Butterfly Leadership Award in the category of WARRIOR, from Sister Summit and the Boston Black Pride Committee. She received the Cambridge Peace Award in honor of Muses, her first play, and the community building and organizing activities surrounding the production which celebrated and created positive visibility for LGBTQA communities of African descent in Massachusetts. She is currently on faculty at Emerson College and Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA
Laura Baracaldo is a Level II nonviolence trainer, is completing her Masters Degree in Adult Education, with a specialization in Nonviolence and Peace Studies. A political science graduate of Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia, Laura also completed a program in European Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Strasbourg, France. She has worked in Colombia as an advisor for the government and a consultant with the United Nations on Drugs and Crime.
Ruth K. Henry
Ruth K. Henry has been certified as a Kingian nonviolence trainer by Dr. Lafayette. Ruth is an artist, teacher, and activist who has worked in and across Boston organizations such as Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Project Hip Hop, and Critical Breakdown to bring youth together across violent neighborhood conflicts through social justice education and the arts.
She currently teaches at the University of Cartagena in Colombia and is the director of La Lengua de mi Barrio, a Hip Hop exchange program between Colombia and the United States which unites Hip Hop artists and activists through workshops, trainings, performances, recordings, binational exchanges and virtual communications in order to share strategies and join our communities’ nonviolent social justice work. As Hip Hop emcee, she is a member of Matriarkao, a Cartagena-based female Hip Hop collective also dedicated to nonviolence and social justice.
Mr. Lewis is a Senior Trainer with the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies served on the International Global Conference Series from 2000-2004 as a youth representative. Dr. LaFayette, Jr. introduced and trained Mr. Lewis in the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence in the late 1990’s, and continues to this day.
Nationally he has trained in Wisconsin; Washington D.C.; Florida; California; Maryland; Ohio; Mississippi; New York; Virginia; Tennessee; Rhode Island; Illinois; Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama and other states. Internationally he has trained in Mexico (2000), Colombia (2001), South Africa 2000, Israel (2006), and Nigeria (2010). In 2008, while working for the Gathering for Justice he exposed over thousands community leaders to the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and conducted 18 Kingian Nonviolence 2 Day Core trainings through the United States. One of his highest honors was to be selected by the former Executive Elder Harry Belafonte to serve as one of three National staff of the Gathering for Justice, from January 3rd, 2008- November 10th, 2010. Mr. Lewis is now returning to school to receive a Master's degree in Training Evaluation and Curriculum Development at the University of Rhode Island.
Mr. Lewis served as the National Director of Nonviolence Direct Action Training for The Gathering for Justice, a Tides Center project inspired by Harry Belafonte from January 2008-November 2010.