Our Storytellers


Our Stories Matter is honored to share the stories of a diverse group of activists, artists, and healers.

Season 3 Storytellers

Aly Wane
Aly Wane
HEALING THROUGH IMMIGRANT JUSTICE ACTIVISM
Using his experiences to advocate for the humanization of Black and immigrant communities in the political and justice systems.
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Anthony Robinson Jr.
HEALING THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Writer and artist using his experience in the prison system to empower those who have had negative experiences with criminal injustices.
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Brendon Woods
HEALING THROUGH ABOLITION
Alameda County’s first Black Chief Public Defender, challenges that bad reputation as he shares his passion and advocacy.
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Claudia Pena and Bryonn Bain
Claudia Pena and Bryonn Bain
HEALING THROUGH COLLABORATION
Trailblazers in their work with UCLA’s Prison education Program.
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Harriet Rossetto & Rabbi Mark Borovitz 
Harriet Rossetto & Rabbi Mark Borovitz 
HEALING THROUGH LOVE
Healing of mind, body, spirit, and justice through their marriage and community addiction treatment center, Beit T’Shuvah.
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James
James “JC” Cavitt
HEALING THROUGH SPOKEN WORD
His use of words set the stage for him to model, encourage, and champion vulnerability and healing in others.
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Keyon
Keyon
HEALING THROUGH FINANCIAL LITERACY
Fearlessly from the Inside, he shares how music and his promotion of literacy have been his tools for advocating for social justice in Black and Brown communities.
Martin Leyva
Martin Leyva
HEALING THROUGH EDUCATION
Leveraging his position in academia to change the face of education in higher education.
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 Naima Ramos-Chapman
Naima Ramos-Chapman
HEALING THROUGH FILM
Working to tell stories of transformation and understated bravery by rendering the juxtaposition of psycho-spiritual realities alongside normalized brutalities.
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Norma
Norma Cumpian
HEALING THROUGH WOMEN’S RE-ENTRY
A fierce advocate for incarcerated women and girls who has firsthand experience in the many challenges of reentry
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Rianne
Rianne
HEALING THROUGH TRUTH
Presents her story of resilience, strength, and perseverance while joining us from the belly of the beast.
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Romarilyn Ralston
Romarilyn Ralston
HEALING THROUGH LIBERATION
A Black feminist prison abolitionist scholar working to interrupt criminalization at the intersections of race, gender, and education.
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Summer Lacey
Summer Lacey
HEALING THROUGH CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Criminal Justice Director at the ACLU of Southern California.
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Summer Lacey
Sydney Rogers
HEALING THROUGH INCLUSION
Shares how learning to receive love from others and themselves emboldened them to embrace their intersectionality.
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Season 2 Storytellers

LaNaisha Edwards
LaNaisha Edwards
HEALING THROUGH ACTIVISM
South LA organizer and Senior Case Manager at Volunteers of America who focuses on breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration.
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Mary Vu Iammarino
Mary Vu Iammarino
HEALING THROUGH RE-ENTRY ACTIVISM
Domestic violence, child abuse, trauma, and addiction advocate.
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Ramona Merchan
Ramona Merchan
HEALING THROUGH ANTI-RACIST ACTIVISM
Experienced trainer, coach, advocate, and leader.
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Salina Gray
Salina Gray
HEALING THROUGH MINDFULNESS
Renowned teacher in Inglewood, CA who brings mindfulness into the classroom.
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Saúl Sarabia
Saúl Sarabia
HEALING THROUGH VOTING
Strengthening the self-determination and power building efforts of people who are stigmatized by the law and by society
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Steve Kim
Steve Kim
HEALING THROUGH RE-ENTRY ACTIVISM
Serving individuals impacted by gangs and incarceration, and re-integrating them back into the workforce, schools, and community.
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Yehudah Pryce
Yehudah Pryce
HEALING THROUGH FAITH
Chair of USC Unchained Scholars, psychotherapist intern, and community activist. .
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Season 1 Storytellers

Alexus Rhone
Alexus “Lex” Rhone
HEALING THROUGH STORYTELLING
Writer, producer, artistic theologian, and revolutionary artist exploring the power of story.
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Annalisa Enrile
Annalisa Enrile
HEALING THROUGH POETRY
Professor of social work at USC, turning classrooms into brave spaces to train the next generation of change makers.
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Hugo Gonzalez
Hugo Gonzalez
HEALING THROUGH ART
Artist and activist committed to dismantling patriarchy through advocacy, diverse community building and challenging societal norms.
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Mike Alcantara
Mike Alcantara
HEALING THROUGH ACTIVISM
Entrepreneur and activist with 10 years of experience, passionate about motivating others to always achieve their highest self.
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Nkem Ndefo
Nkem Ndefo
HEALING THROUGH EMBODIMENT
Founder of Lumos Transforms, creating simple stress-reduction solutions that build capacity and resilience.
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Unchained Scholars
Unchained Scholars
HEALING THROUGH ACTIVISM
Safe brave spaces are needed at all campuses so those impacted by mass incarceration can help one another and know they do not need to struggle alone.
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