Alissa Ellis is a Durham North Carolina activist. She is the Deputy Director at Southern Vision Alliance. Alissa Ellis completed both her BA (Political Science) and JD at UNC Chapel Hill. While at UNC Law, she led multiple student organizations and focused on providing legal support as a student practitioner in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, criminal record expunction clinics with NC Legal Aid, eugenics compensation clinics with the UNC Law Center for Civil Rights, and providing over 200 pro bono hours of support to low-income people. She was also a student representative to the Juvenile Defense section of the NC Advocates for Justice. After law school, Ellis worked as the first Deputy Director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC supporting their multiple areas of program work in affordable housing, civil rights education, and youth leadership development through supporting internal operations, fundraising, and compliance. She currently serves an advisory board member of the Durham Solidarity Center (Durham), a leader of the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools (Chapel Hill-Carrboro), and as a co-chair of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Justice in Action Committee.
Durham Solidarity Center advisory board
Donors and monthly sustainers
Supporters of Durham Solidarity Center.
Zaina Alsous, Felicia Arriaga, Ben Carroll, Ben Crawford, Jason Cross, Alissa Ellis, Elena Everett, Peter Gilbert, Susie Goodman, Luke Hirst, Jillian Johnson, Andy Koch, Roxane Kolar, Jonathan Kotch, Jodi Lasseter, Connie Leeper, Fernando Martinez, Eva Panjwani, Josh Reynolds, Cathey Stanley, Dante Strobino, E. Swan, Tamara Tal, Rachel Valentine.
"Durham Beyond Policing Town Hall"
We are calling all freedom-fighters, all justice-lovers, all truth-tellers, all who can't wait to please join Southerners On New Ground and the #SayHerName crew for a community forum and visioning session. Let's speak our truths and sow the seeds of a new way forward for all our people, with those most impacted, most criminalized, at the center: black and brown people, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks, working class and poor people, undocumented people ... Let's dream and scheme together and find out ways to throw down for campaigns and direct action that holds the cops accountable
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Jillian Johnson, Dante Strobino, James Cersonsky, Nikhil Umesh, Ben Wilkins, Jade Brooks, Marcus R. Bass, Joe Stapleton, Kristen Cox, Hannah Spector, Jose Romero, Nancy Caamano, China Medel, Scott Michael, Alex Biggers, Destiny Hemphill, Cat Crowe, Monique Laborde, Tobi Lippin, Amy Wang, Mitch Xia, Xander Stewart, Smiley Boyd, Mina Ezikpe, Ethan Tyler, Jess Dilday, Jonathan Henderson, Alex Chassanoff, Jacky Chan, Margaret A. Brunson, Alissa Ellis, Magdalene Slerlisk, Saba Taj, Le'Andre Demond Blakeney, Doneatha Green, Kaylan Baxter, Destiny Hemphill, D’atra Jackson, Amy Glaser, Eliza Meredith, Gregory Williams, Victoria Bouloubasis, Umar Salute Muhammad, Patricia Bass, Gen Na, Regan Downey Buchanan, Chanelle Croxton, Ben Carroll, Patrick Snipes, Jess Issacharoff, Mariah Monsanto, Alex Biggers, Jojo Moto, Zachary Faircloth, Sarah Pederson, Stef Bernal-Martinez, Bro Beasley, Ben Wilkins, Jessica Pierce, Isa Bee, Jessica Jude, Tony Hood, Mindy Isser, Rachel Alexis Storer, Moses Ochola, Ade Oh, Lisa Sorg, Blanche Amelia S. Brown, Shilpi Misra, Scott Michael, Afi Apefa Bello, Mary Alta, Anastasia Karkliņa, Lizzie Lindsey, Holly Hardin, Matilda Wormwood, Eli Viszk, Wutang McDougal, Andrew Heil, Fern Hickey, Philip Marschall, Catherine Berman, Bex Kolins, Jen Przewoznik, Equashia Mumin, Eva Panjwani, India Pierce, Sandra Korn, Risa Foster, Ngọc Loan Tran, Eli Meyerhoff, Shanna Ochola, Serena Sebring, Ajamu Dillahunt, Jr., Nagwa Nukuna, Jina Valentine.
SVA Executive Staff
Southern Vision Alliance executive staff, as of September 2017;
- Elena Everett (Director, SVA)
- Alissa Ellis (Deputy Director, SVA)
- Felicia Arriaga (Operations Director/CFO, SVA)
- Loan Tran (Director, Youth Organizing Institute | Communications, SVA)
- Bryan Perlmutter (Development, SVA)
- Juan Miranda (Bilingual Project Coordinator, SVA)
"Charlottesville and racist monuments across the country are the result of centuries of white supremacy," said Workers World Party Durham branch member Alissa Ellis, who also participated in the Charlottesville protests. "But we cannot ignore the fact that the current Trump administration has emboldened more Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists to target, brutalize, and kill our communities. The White House and its elected white supremacists are just as responsible as hooded Klansmen and racist vigilantes for what happened. They have blood on their hands."