Peaceful Uprising has 4 staff members that are able to dedicate their full attention (or part-time attention) to the Mission statement of Peaceful Uprising and our beloved local and National community.
*Alphabetized by first name
Ashley Anderson – Director
I was lucky enough to have spent a great deal of my childhood outdoors in Southern Utah. I was instilled with a deep appreciation for for the value of wilderness. Later, I worked as a river guide on the Colorado. Deep down, however, I am a humanitarian. I believe that armed conflict is often avoidable, and the majority of it’s victims are often defenseless children. I find this unacceptable. So three years ago I decided to come back to the city and become a full-time human rights activist. Grandiose as it may seem, I wanted to stop a war before it started. I soon became the Salt Lake City chapter director of a new human rights organization.
One of my first assignments was to study the genocide in Darfur and come up with a 7-point solution to give to every member of Congress. After two months of studying the heartbreaking, impossible situation there, I came to a surprising conclusion that I could not avoid: the root of the genocide was climate change. Resource scarcity had forced people who don’t get along int0 open conflict. My God, I realized, climate change is going to cause this nightare again and again. At the time of this realization, I was snow-bound in Oregon. It was Dec. 19th.
That same day, I got a call from Julianne, (another board member and dear friend of mine) telling me that a young man had just disrupted the BLM auction, and that she was handling the press for him. When I got back to Salt Lake, I heard that Tim was going to be speaking in my other hometown, Moab, so I got in touch with him to offer a carpool. During that trip we talked a lot about climate, humanity, and the future of civilization, and before it was over we were planning the next moves for a brand-new climate justice organization Julianne had named Peaceful Uprising.
Battling the climate crisis is battling the root of all social suffering, which is greed and ignorance. Our organization doesn’t fight people, it fights greed. An unconsciousness lies at the heart of our destructive path, and PeaceUp seeks to actively fill that void with awareness–not just with facts, but with a different energy that attracts health, justice and authentic happiness. You gotta check out our core principles. They were two years in the making.
I would never take back a moment of the last two years, and I am grateful to be able to say I work with my friends, doing what I love. The uprising will be a lifelong commitment, but there is nothing else I would want to do.
Dylan Rose Schneider – Treasurer / Volunteer Coordinator/Power of Attorney, Tim DeChristopher
would send it off to my chosen non-profit group: Mission Wolf, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, etc. As I grew older, my allowance savings turned to volunteering and eventually interning local and overseas organizations that promoted Human Rights and Education including acting as High Road for Human Rights Chapter Coordinator in 2008.
Jake Hanson – IT Specialist / Bad Ass Activist
Henia Belalia – Local Community Organizer
Being born amidst two very distinct cultures, I became aware at an earlyage of racial and socioeconomic segregation – and with that came a deep sense of injustice and desire to confront it. After watching a production of Les Miserables, I turned to theatre as a means to awaken and challenge my community to take on relevant sociopolitical conflicts. Experimental theatre allowed me to play with different arts forms, while breaking from traditional conventions. But I found the process I had uncovered to be too cathartic – one that didn’t move participants from awareness into action.
For two years, I worked for Greenpeace in San Francisco, which was to be my introduction to the world of activism. Along that ride, I was introduced to Peaceful Uprising and was immediately moved by its uncompromising stance and rhetoric. It wasn’t long before I became enamoured with this welcoming and generous community — and decided to move to Utah.
Learning from past social movements, I’ve come to realize that the time is for taking action that is proportional to the climate catastrophe we face. As individuals, we should be empowered to become effective agents of change in our own communities. Armed with the weapon love, we will not stop seeking a society that — as Martin Luther King, Jr. once called for — can live at peace with its conscience through peaceful sustained resistance.