Shawn Fischer

Shawn Fischer is a Southern Appalachian-based community organizer and activist

They are deeply informed from their experiences living in rural and small communities across the US South, and have over 15 years working in government and 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) sectors. Much of their practices are informed from working with grassroots organizations focused on providing abolitionist-based safety and security, mutual aid, and disaster relief. As a military veteran, Shawn uses their experiences from within the Military-Industrial-Complex to aid and assist organizations and communities struggling at the intersections of social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Shawn has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Villanova University, and is an avid student continuously looking to develop and share skills aimed at collective survival and liberation.
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Bridging and belonging in neighborhoods: Transformative Change and Care, Starting From the Block
Over the last year, the pandemic has kept us apart and relegated many of our connections to virtual spaces. But it has also been a chance to reorient ourselves to life and relationships at the neighborhood level. How can one-to-one relationships between neighbors plant the seeds for systems change, different ways of living collectively, and bridges to belonging? Explore connections between a range of bridging efforts rooted in everyday moments of interpersonal connection ― from community care and solidarity through mutual aid organizing, to campaigns that are reimagining community safety...