Meet Our Compensated Volunteers!

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

ashley@peacefuluprising.org

 I didn’t set out to be a climate justice activist.

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.

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Dylan Rose Schneider – Treasurer / Volunteer Coordinator/Power of Attorney, Tim DeChristopher

dylan@peacefuluprising.org

When I was little, I would save half of my allowance every week until I reached $15 (which in allowance world is huge) and then I
 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.
 My entire life I have sought ways to be involved in the creation of  a better  world, certainly the Utopian world I imagined when I  was young has been  replaced with the distinct threads of reality,  but I have never lost my optimism  that we can change our  circumstances by being engaged in, and conscious  of, the world  around us.
  I’ve been involved in Peaceful Uprising for 2 years and have  never found an  organization that is composed of and run by such  committed, astounding  people. They have become not only my  second family, but my tribe. I am  honored to have found my place  in such an exquisite essence of what I believe  is the best of the  human experience.
 When I am not being an activist I am looking at the field of  Comparative Literature and learning Italian. When everything  becomes too loud, I dance to find myself and then I write because  sometimes words are the only things that make sense. I have an  affinity for all things Latin and continue to find myself traveling  south, each time coming a bit closer to finding my latitude. I am  also deathly afraid of chickens.

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Jake Hanson – IT Specialist / Bad Ass Activist

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Henia Belalia – Local Community Organizer

henia@peacefuluprising.org

 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.

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