My Advocacy Work Featured in the Chicago Tribune
'I feel betrayed': Downers Grove North alumni push for policy changes amid teacher sexual misconduct allegations
organizing & advocacy
I’m the founder of PESMO, the Prevention of Educator Sexual Misconduct Organization, founded in 2018 and currently obtaining non-profit status. Together with a group of fellow alumni from my high school, Downers Grove North in Illinois, we’re working to increase awareness of institutionalized sexual abuse by school faculty nationwide and work with survivors and others who are invested in safer schools. In order to advocate on behalf of sexual assault victims who went to my high school, I appeared on local and national news stations including CBS, Fox, and WGN. With other members of PESMO, I obtained information through FOIA requests and provided that info, along with personal accounts, to the media, leading to a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune. We are currently awaiting for the results of 4 pending civil trials.
making news about issues that matter
In November 2018, comedian Louis CK was placed on the public bill in front of seminal comedy club The Comedy Cellar. I was one of two women who showed up that night to protest, making headlines around the world.
For 10 years, I taught one of the most popular and well-regarded writing programs for people over 55 in lower Manhattan. My free class at the Greenwich House helped create an environment for those who helped make the Village an artists mecca in the 60s and 70s to share their memoir, poetry, fiction, and other forms of original writing.