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Ash-Lee Henderson

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a Chattanooga Tennessee activist. She has been active in the Chattanooga People's Platform, a coalition to raise demands of marginalized members of the Chattanooga community.

In an article titled "Homegrown Marxist Heads TN Highlander Center", Ash-Lee Henderson was listed as a member of the Movement for Black Lives "policy table leadership team."[1]

She is also a member of Chattanooga’s Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church. Her parents are Tamara Woodard of Ooltewah and Rev. LeRoy Henderson, Jr. of Valdosta, Ga., and she is engaged to Jared Story, son of Jerry Story and Nancy Story of Jonesborough.

In 2014, she was working as a Regional Organizer at Project South, Atlanta Georgia.[2]

She is also an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives. Ash-Lee Henderson comes to Highlander Research and Education Center from Project South, where she is a member and regional organizer, active participant on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly, and organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice (Chattanooga, TN).[3]

Ash-Lee Henderson' mother was a Black Panther Party member.[4]


Henderson's mother was born and raised in Summit (a tight knit community near Ooltewah and Collegedale), so she had the opportunity to experience the urban lifestyles of Chattanooga and the more rural culture of the county.

Most of her time in K-12 was in Ooltewah. She attended the elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools, with a brief stint at Chattanooga Christian, and graduated from the first graduating class at Hamilton County High.

Henderson names as inspirational women she has known - mother, Tamara Woodard, who has fought for freedom and justice for all people for decades in Chattanooga and elsewhere. Maxine Cousin who has demanded justice for thirty years since her father, Wadie Suttles, died in police custody in Chattanooga. The women leaders and organizers of Concerned Citizens for Justice, Black Workers for Justice, United Campus Workers, Project South, the Environmental Justice Movement, Student and Labor Movements, Highlander Research and Education Center, and her church Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist. Some of those names are Jamala Rogers, Rukia Lumumba, Maria Gunoe, Carol Judy, Vickie Terry, Tanya Turner, and Bernice Johnson Reagon.[5]

Ash-Lee Henderson describes herself as an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class womyn, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee.[6]

"People Get Ready"

People Get Ready: A One-Day Convening on Beating the Right, Strengthening the Left, and Building Power.

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1 PM EST – 7 PM EST Hosted by Center for Political Education and Haymarket Books.

Frontline founders

In September 2020 founders of the coalition The Frontline were Ash-Lee Henderson, (Movement for Black Lives), Maurice Moe Mitchell (Working Families Party and (Movement for Black Lives), Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter), Brittany DeBarros (About Face: Veterans Against the War), Nelini Stamp, Morathi Adams (Movement for Black Lives), Greisa Martinez Rosas , United We Dream Action, Cindy Wiesner, [7]

M4BL Leadership

Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris February 11, 2019 · M4BL Leadership w/ our Convergence Council Team (Denise, Makani & N’Tanya) #Squad #M4BL


Makani Themba, N'Tanya Lee, Denise Perry, Mary Hooks, Morathi Adams, Serena Sebring, Dara Cooper, Richard Wallace, Nikita Mitchell, Karissa Lewis, Ash-Lee Henderson, Phillip Agnew, Monifa Bandele, Rukia Lumumba, Chinyere Tutashinda, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Maurice Moe Mitchell.

Student activism

Ash-Lee Henderson attended East Tennessee State University, majoring in English and minoring in African and African American Studies. She has served in positions of leadership for many organization including being the former Organizational Liaison for the Initiative for Clean Energy at ETSU, former vice-president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, past president of the Black Affairs Association and the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She is a past student representative on the ETSU Race Relations Dialogue Taskforce and the President’s Council on Cultural Diversity, the ETSU Sustainability Committee and served on the Planning Committee as a student site leader for ETSU’s Alternative Spring Break Program. Ash-Lee has also been an active member of LGBTieS, the Alpha Theta Chapter of Iota Iota Iota (Tri-Iota), and is a co-founder of the Progressive Student Alliance at ETSU.[8]

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an immediate-past member of the United Students Against Sweatshops national Coordinating and Collective Liberation Committees. Additionally she is a long time activist working around issues of community empowerment, environmental destruction, mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in Central and Southern Appalachia, and serves on the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s National Council.[9]

When I is Replaced by We


Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Student Organizing Body May 16 2020·

Turn your speakers up and tune into our panel discussion!

When I is Replaced by We, Illness Becomes Wellness: Self-Determination and Wellness under COVID?

Part 1 features: Bill Fletcher, Jr. of Liberation Road and Ash-Lee Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives

Part 2 features: LaTosha Brown of Black Voters Matter and Saladin Muhammad of Black Workers for Justice

Celebrate Malcolm X on May 16th 12-5 pm et, 9 am - 2 pm pt on MXGM National Facebook Live! Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Racial Justice Has No Borders Town Hall

This coalition puts a focus on diaspora, refugee, veteran, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who bear the brunt of this country’s militarism to challenge the myth that more police, wars, and weapons have made any of us safer or more secure. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we forge new avenues for global solidarity that can lead to real and lasting peace and security. On April 6, at 3 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. MST / 12 p.m. PST (the eve of the Wisconsin Democratic Primary), the coalition will host a virtual town hall examining U.S. military policy, defense spending, the ongoing 'War on Terror,’ and militarization at home.

Moderated by Marc Lamont Hill, the Town Hall will launch a shared campaign demanding the immediate end to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been the pillar of escalated U.S. military intervention under the banner of the War on Terror.


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"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Ash-Lee Henderson was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Ash-Lee Henderson, Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center was a 2019 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[10]

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Ash-Lee Henderson ETSU Black Affairs Association.[11]

United Students Against Sweatshops

United Students Against Sweatshops Coordinating Committee, 2009-2010 School Year.

USAS conference

Jared Story August 17 2019.


United Students Against Sweatshops National Conference 2010 — with Tom Smith, James Branson and Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson.


Karly Safar, Sendolo Diaminah and Thomas Wayne Walker were in the audience.

Public option rally Nashville

Alex Fields September 29, 2009 ·


Holding a public option sign behind Phil Roe during his on camera interview. — with Thomas Wayne Walker, Jared Story, Ash-Lee Henderson, Axl Van Der Munj and Veronica Limeberry.

"The Kayford 8"

On January 22, 2010 UMD is hosting a benefit concert to help raise money on behalf two Tennessee activists, Ash-Lee Henderson and Jared story, who put their freedom on the line in an act of non-violent civil disobedience to defend the mountains of Appalachia. These brave individuals walked onto Kayford Mountain in West Virginia along with 6 other activists and stopped the mountain from being blasted. Six of the “Kayford 8” protestors locked themselves, in groups of three, to a piece of massive earth moving equipment–referred to as a Yuke–with tires 24′ tall and hung a banner reading “Never Again” on the machine. This action was part of a fierce campaign that is being waged in southern West Virginia against companies destroying the Appalachian Mountains with mountaintop removal. Their actions were not without consequences and they are now facing the maximum fines for trespassing of nearly $2000 each which is unprecedented in this type of protest. They took a risk for the greater good and we hope you will be willing to support them for doing so.

The eight activists arrested include Kim Kirkbride, Ash-Lee Henderson, Tanya Turner, Jared Story, Willie Dodson, Will Wickham, Mathew Louis-Rosenberg, and Glenn Collins.[12]

"Nashville 7"

March 2011, U of M students Justin Sledge, philosophy graduate student, and Sally Joyner, U of M law student, were among the seven protesters released from jail on bond Tuesday night following their arrests at a Nashville protest at the state capitol.

The two students, as well as Paul Garner and Leah Shoaf, students at Memphis College of Art, Jeffrey Lichtenstein and Bennett Foster, Memphians, and Ash-Lee Henderson of Chattanooga, were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The incident has drawn polarized reactions from across the state, with some applauding the efforts of the protesters and others condemning their behavior, including elected officials.

Thursday, state senator Randy McNally said he was "dismayed" when he learned that some of the arrestees were members of The U of M's registered student organization Progressive Student Alliance, calling for disciplinary action from The University.

Sledge is the vice president of The U of M chapter of Progressive Student Alliance, which helped organize the rally with unions and labor groups from across Tennessee.

Lichtenstein, though not a U of M student, is also a member of the group.

PSA issued a statement Thursday night addressing its role in the protest and the seven "unjustly" arrested Tennesseans, lauding the "scores of people who stood against empty rhetoric and for real democracy" during the protest.

The group said the actions of protestors during Tuesday's Senate committee meeting, for which Tennessee state troopers forcibly removed them, were not organized or planned in advance.

Of their criticism from elected officials, PSA said:

"If Nashville politicians spent as much time listening to the demands of workers and students as they do slandering PSA in the press, our democracy would be in better shape, and we could find more productive things to be doing on a Thursday night than writing press releases."

Lichtenstein and Sledge declined to comment individually on the incident.

Matthew Meiner, state treasurer of Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and student at Vanderbilt University, was at the hearing when the protesters began shouting down legislators and refusing to leave.

"I understand their position, and I respect the right to protest, but it was kind of disappointing to see them disrupt the system," he said. "They made their points, but there are more orderly ways to do it."[13]

Progressive Student Alliance friends


Six of the people James Sledge, 30, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, 25, Paul Garner, 22, Bennett Foster, 25, Leah Shoaf, 19 and Sally Joyner, 26 were with the Progressive Student Alliance at The University of Memphis.

Ash-Lee Henderson, 25, is from Chattanooga and an organization called Chattanooga Organized for Action.[14]


Henderson has extensive knowledge of the use of community organizing and is a former staff member of the Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project. She is a past member of the united Students Against Sweatshops National Coordinating, Political Education and Collective Liberation Committees.[15]

Henderson has served on the board of directors/coordinating committees/core leadership of United Students Against Sweatshops, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Highlander Research and Education Center, and Concerned Citizens for Justice of Chattanooga, among others. She has been arrested twice and cited once in protests to end mountaintop removal coal mining and coal related disasters and to protect workers rights to organize. She has organized in the movement to end racial oppression, the feminist/womanist movement, the environmental justice movement, the LGBTQUI movement, and more.

In 2014 Henderson was supporting the campaign of Chokwe Lumumba for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi because he plans to implement a platform created by and for the people. She was encouraging people to attend the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference designed to bring about an economy that works for all people in Jackson.

In Chattanooga she was supporting the ongoing work to win the demands in the Chattanooga People's Platform and organizing with Concerned Citizens for Justice, who is organizing to “Ban the Box” on employment applications that makes it nearly impossible for formerly incarcerated people to get jobs, and working with leaders in Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, to start a “Fresh Start” or “Second Chances” program in Chattanooga that would decrease recidivism rates.[16]

Ash-Lee Henderson served on the Board of Directors for and organized with Chattanooga Organized for Action.

Earth Day 2011

"False Solutions, such as "Clean Coal," harm communities on the front lines of extraction".

This event took place at CARECEN in Los Angeles, featuring Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Ash-Lee Henderson, Mountain Justice, and Bill Gallegos (Communities for a Better Environment). Hosted by Cindy Wiesner (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance - and Tammy Bang Luu (The Strategy Center). Second Panel: Sunyoung Yang, and others on community-based real solutions.[17]

Social Forum CCDS workshop

There was a very successful Southern region Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism workshop at the 2010 Social Forum in Detroit—about twelve individuals came to the panel. Bill Chandler, Ash-Lee Henderson, Brandon Wallace, and Tim Johnson were presenters.[18]

Bus hours protest

Gabriel Strachota April 3, 2012:


Email the Federal Transit Administration and call on them to mandate LA Metro to give us back our million hours of bus service. Reshare! — with Haewon Asfaw, Manuel Criollo, Nicole Eng, Emilie Blattman Costello, Patrisse Cullors, Steggie Hufstedler, Emory Douglas, Cynthia Azali-Rojas, Alejandra Lemus, Francesca Contreras, Dae-Han Song, Jas Wade, Kitzia Esteva, Ashley Franklin, Chantal Coudoux, Rebecca Eleanor, Raquel Romao, Damon Gbuduala Azali-Rojas, John Bell, Snad Garrett, Tammy Bang Luu, Carla Gonzalez, Kelly Archbold, Tekoah B. Flory, Frankie Darling Palacios, Ron Gochez, Simone Andrews, Crystal McMillan, Nati C. Poder, Ami Patel, Kalil Cohen, Sunyoung Yang, Ash-Lee Henderson and Bus Riders Union.

Free Marissa Alexander

Emery Lumumba July 28, 2014 ·

  1. unite2fight — with Ruben Solis Garcia, Carolyn Pittman and Ash-Lee Henderson.

FRSO/Chokwe Lumumba

Ash-Lee Henderson, Cazembe Jackson, Mark Gilliland, Josh Smyser, Jared Story participated in a Freedom Road Socialist Organization delegation to Jackson, Mississippi to support the Chokwe Lumumba campaign during the Democratic Primary in May 2013. Both members and friends of Freedom Road participated in canvassing, poll-watching, sign holding and other activities to support Chokwe Lumumba and Joyce Hardwick, the two candidates recruited to run on the People’s Assemblies platform.[19]

Ash-Lee: I think the first time I heard about the Lumumba campaign was when members of People’s Durham told me about the campaign and invited folks from Tennessee to join them on their Black Belt Summer trip in June 2012. The Black Belt Summer trip included a stop in Jackson to learn about the People’s Assembly and do some ground work for the Lumumba campaign. I was not able to go along on that trip, but when the opportunity presented itself to go and help out the campaign during the Democratic primary, it was the People’s Assembly model and platform—the embodiment of direct democracy and self-determination—that made me feel I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I believe strongly that we must Organize the South and show solidarity between the Southern States. I understood that the campaign would be attacked from the right and from white supremacists with access to lots of money, so I wanted to be one in the number and bring other folks with me to support the campaign. I knew it would take a lot of folks on the ground doing canvassing, poll-watching, and sign holding, among other things to fight back against those attacks and the massive amounts of money from the opposition. I was able to bring 3-4 other folks with me from Chattanooga to work during the Democratic primary, the primary runoff, and the general election. We kept going back because the people kept winning and because of the relationships we built with the grassroots folks working on the campaign day to day.

Ash-Lee: I have family in Kilmichael, MS, and I have been going to Mississippi and organizing since 2004 when I participated in the Freedom Ride for Justice, a 3 week voter registration and education drive focused on getting young voters registered for the 2004 presidential election and raising awareness about the lack of justice in the Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner case—the three civil rights workers murdered in Neshoba County, MS during 1964’s Mississippi Summer Project. For a couple of years, I helped organize the Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service and Caravan for Justice.[20]

Supporting Chokwe Lumumba


Chokwe Lumumba victory party with Ash-Lee Henderson, Cazembe Jackson, Mark Gilliland, Josh Smyser, Rukiya Dillahunt.


Ash-lee Henderson, CCGS

At the 2013 Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism conference, the third and last plenary session on Friday was on climate change. Chaired by Marian Gordon of Los Angeles, the presenters were Zach Robinson of North Carolina, and Ash-Lee Henderson of Tennessee.

Ash-Lee Henderson spoke concretely about the impact of pollution and toxic waste in Tennessee. “Heavy metals from mining and mountain top removal,” she explained, “are having a profound effect on jobs and health.” The environmental inequities are creating movements advocating justice. There are concrete ways to force change – marching, demonstrating, lobbying the EPA. “The left needs to figure out how to impact regulation of the climate industry now,” she urged, certainly if there are only five or so years left. “Coalitions are being built; alliances can be made.”

Henderson, a union and environmental activist in Chattanooga, TN, opened with “greetings from the Volunteer State where we are encouraged to volunteer our labor for miniscule wages.” Henderson told the story of her arrest along with six other members of the Chattanooga Organized for Action, CWA campus workers who disrupted a state senate hearing on four anti-worker bills. [21]

"Towards Collective Liberation" followers


Melanie Cervantes, follow · March 11, 2013;

From author Chris Crass: " When I first imagined a poster promoting my new book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy, the images that came to mind were the people in Melanie Cervantes’ “We are the 99%” posters, coming together to build the multiracial, feminist, working class-based movement for collective liberation that we need. M... See More — with Carla F. Wallace, Mari Mujica, Steve Williams, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Ingrid Chapman, Dawn Haney, James Haslam, Cindy Wiesner, Marquez Rhyne, Jayanni Elizabeth, Malachi Garza, Miguel CarItu, Chris Crass, Carl Patrick, Abbey Lolcano, Maria Poblet, Kate Cardona, Z. Lula Haukeness, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Elandria Williams, Harsha Walia, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Jason Lydon, Jardana Peacock, Chris Dixon, Gabriel Haaland, Betty-Jeanne Ruters-Ward, Mel Baiser, Nisha Anand, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Becki Winchel, T. Gonzales, Rahula S. Janowski, Dani Burlison, Harjit Singh Gill, Leah Jo Carnine, Karly Safar, Emily Han Zimmerman, Alicia Garza, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Pamela Jean McMichael, Caitlin Elly Breedlove, Kate Kanelstein, Mei-ying Williams, James Tracy, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Shannon Garth-Rhodes and Cindy Jeanne.

USAS conference


Mark Gilliland February , 2013 with Petro On, Jared Story, Ash-Lee Henderson, Mark Ortiz, Francisco Rios, Melissa Godfrizzle, Keavy McFadden, Stephen Agwu, Bianca Hinz Foley, Jan Van Tol, Vee Ramesses, Claire Lewis, Billy Yates, AK Kulkarni, Terasia Carin Bradford, Maria Antonia Rodriguez, Lingran Kong, Leewana Thomas, Sol Gonz, Javier Figueroa, Alli Sehon, Brock Meade, Benji Ng, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Melissa Horsfall, John Gieryn, Rigoberto Campos, Martin Xavi Macias, Carmen Armen, Kayla Frye, Kathleen Brower, Casey Sweeney and Sara Neumann at United Students Against Sweatshops 16th Annual National Conference in Miami!

Appalachian Transition Fellowship


Highlander Research and Education Center, and Rural Support Partners, organized an Appalachian Transition Fellowship event in Chattanooga, November 12, 2013.

Ash-Lee Henderson November 11, 2013 ·

TOMORROW! Be there! #spreadtheword — with Dominique Pennington, Miles Dougherty, Napoleon Williams, Karl Epperson, Patrick Kellogg, Baris Gursakal, Patricia Bazemore, Michael L. Feely, Shelley L. King, Jr., Michael Kelly, Dennis Milton Clark, Tenesha M. Irvin, Madeleine Dougherty, Angela Sweet, Brett Pike, Jason Hurd, Dwight Harrison, Rachel Rudi, Laurie Perry Vaughen, Willie McClendon, Rushelle Frazier, Terry Davis, Ann Law, Marcus Patrick Ellsworth, Beth Foster, Fr. Michael Cummins, Mark Gilliland, Jared Story, Cazembe Jackson, Valerie Radu, Landon Willaim Howard, Patricia Combs, Rebekah Mawuko, Taurus Hinton and Annika Hampton.

Freedom Summer 2014


Amaha Sellassie June 7, 2014 ·

With Audrianna Melisa Milton, Christa Preston Agiro, Molly Shack, Anoop Chunchu, Heather Atkinson, Stuart Desmond McIntyre, Mariah Johnson, Jarvis E. Clark, Malaya Lynch, Darsheel Kaur, Senya Oji-Njideka, Kip Holley, DaMareo Cooper, Mike Tyler, Richard Clay Dixon, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Christy Rogers, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Rachel Lee, Megan Nicolle, Prentiss Haney, Criss Wilson, Cee Deezy, Anthony Brookshire, Kenneth A. Graham, Erica R. Bruton, Jacob Bauer, Christina Rowena, Brandon A. Whitehorn, Jamaica Siroky, Carl CJ Foster, Jovan Webster Tejumade, Alyssa Norman, Allante Booker, James Hayes, Mark Gavin, Sr., Erica Fields, Ndidi Achebe, Aramis Malachi-Ture Sundiata, Aricka Janay, Erin Evans, John Rogers, Marlon Shackelford and Joel Solow.

Chattanooga arrest

Four people were arrested October 22, 2014, while protesting street violence and police brutality at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street in Chattanooga.

About a dozen protesters were marching with Concerned Citizens for Justice as part of a national day of protests and were arrested when they entered the intersection and blocked traffic, the group said on its Facebook page.

Ash-Lee Henderson, 29, Janelle Jackson, 34, Michael Heath, 22, and Madison Dillard, 20, were all arrested and charged with inciting to riot and obstructing a highway. Jackson was also charged with resisting arrest.

The Chattanooga Police Department reported that it monitored the event and asked the individuals to clear the blocked roadway to ensure the safety of all citizens, including those protesting. [22]



Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris July 3, 2016 · With Ash-Lee Henderson and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Morathi Adams, Dara Cooper, Rukia Lumumba.

LeftRoots hangout

LeftRoots HangOut Jackson Rising with Ash-Lee Henderson & Sacajawea Hall (2014.04.29).[23]

LeftRoots HangOuts are national, online political education spaces for social movement leftists - revolutionaries and radicals engaged in frontline mass organizing, movement building, people's struggles - to have dialogue about critical left ideas and inspiring movement work collectively. Past HangOuts have featured Alicia Garza on Black Lives Matter, Marta Harnecker on 21st Century Socialism, George Ciccariello-Maher on Venezuela, comrades from MXGM & FRSO on Jackson Rising, and Sandra Moran on Grassroots Internationalist Feminisms, M. Adams, a Black Queer Wimmin, dad, political theorist, movement scientist and community organizer. She is the co-executive director of Freedom Inc. and co-founder of Young Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison, WI. Biju Mathew is Secretary of the National Taxi Workers Alliance and is active in developing transnational strategy to combat the religious right. [24]

Stand Up Louisville


April Taylor July 29, 2015; With Jonathan Lykes, Charlene Carruthers, Ashley Yates, Chaz Briscoe, Osagyefo Sekou, Della V. Mosley, Temperance Brennen, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Jacqui Bolden, Ash-Lee Henderson, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Erika Totten, Chanelle Helm, De Nichols, Jacqui Germain, Tara Pruitt, Ashley B. Sunshine, Alisha Sonnier, Malkia Cyril, Enchanta Ma'at Jackson, Ashe Helm-Hernandez, Opal Ayo, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Stand Up Sunday- Stand Up Louisville and Stop Mass Incarceration Network KY.

1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising

Maurice Moe Mitchell August 5, 2015,

  1. UnitedWeFight: 1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising - National Conference Call. Thurs. 8PM EST / 7PM CST — with Justin Hansford, Scott A. Roberts, Mary Hooks, Kayla M. Reed, Diamond Latchison, Kareem Jackson, Bukky Gbadegesin, Katrina Gamble, Tanya Lucia Bernard, Tory Russell, Cedric Lawson, Alicia Garza, Leslie Mac, Charlene Carruthers, Patrisse Cullors, Cherrell Brown, Dante Barry, Waltrina N. Middleton, Damon Turner, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Ash-Lee Henderson, Damon Davis, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Mari Morales-Williams, Mervyn Marcano, Nicole Lee, Elandria Williams, Opal Ayo, Jonathan Pulphus, Dara Cooper, Michael McBride, Umi Selah, Osagyefo Sekou, Tara Tee, Rose Berry, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Purvi Shah, Cid Nichols, Ingrid Benedict, Jade Ogunnaike, James Hayes, Anita Nichole, Joe Worthy and The Movement for Black Lives.

Solidarity Against Racism

Solidarity Against Racism, November 21, 2015 ·


1st anniversary of Akai Gurley Killed By Police — with Bill Breidenstein, Alicia Garza, Shirley Henry Jenkins, Stevan Kirschbaum, Osagyefo Sekou, Marshata Caradine, Shay Ase Dune, Ash-Lee Henderson, Cat Brooks, Faye Venetia Harrison, Justice For Akai Gurley Family and Justice for Akai Gurley.


A Year Without Justice for Tanisha Anderson

  1. JusticeForTanishaAnderson — with Elisa J. Cook, Camilla Freitag, Sumumba Sobukwe, Beechie X. Keeton, Howard Rotman, Gregg L. Greer, Faye Venetia Harrison, Osagyefo Sekou, Jasmine Johnson, Frank Lara, Alicia Garza and Rob Rogers.

The Movement for Black Lives

The Black Lives Matter "Movement for Black Lives" conference was held in Cleveland Ohio, July 24-26, 2015.

Movement Building: Creating Bases & Black Networks Across Regions Charlene Carruthers: Black Youth Project 100, Ash-Lee Henderson. [25]

Vision 4 Black Lives


Karl Kumodzi, Mervyn Marcano, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Montague Simmons, Zakiya Scott, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Dara Cooper, Ash-Lee Henderson, Morathi Adams and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Facebook, August 1, 2016.

Supporting Cazembe


When Cazembe Jackson became the new National Organizer for Freedom Road Socialist Organization in July 2016, Ash-Lee Henderson was supportive, on his Facebook page.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those indicating interest in attending, on Facebook included Ash-Lee Henderson.[26]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Highlander leadership

In December 2016, the Board of Directors and staff were pleased to announce that Ash-Lee Henderson and Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele will serve as Highlander Research and Education Center’s Co-Executive Directors.

“The selection of Ash-Lee and Allyn demonstrates Highlander’s commitment to supporting the next generation of organizational leaders critical to our movements,” said Interim Board Chair Meizhu Lui. “We feel that they are the right ones to guide us through political terrain where visionary, righteous, courageous, class-conscious, multiracial, and multi-gender leadership is desperately needed.”

Following Pam McMichael’s decision to transition out of the ED role after twelve years of dedicated and remarkable service, Highlander established a Transition Team of three board members and two staff to guide the ED search process. Ash-Lee received encouragement from movement friends and mentors to apply for the position, after which she invited Allyn to apply with her as co-directors.

Their proposal captured the imagination of the Transition Team and was well received by both board and staff. As sitting board members, Ash and Allyn recused themselves from all parts of the selection process following their application. At the November Board meeting, they underwent an extensive interview process with the Board and staff. As of this week, Ash and Allyn have begun the transition process alongside outgoing Executive Director Pam McMichael and staff, and they will assume full-time responsibilities in February 2017.[27]

""Introduction to Black feminism"

"Intro to Black Feminism" hosted by Sendolo Diaminah Cazembe Jackson, and Adrienne Maree Brown.

Tuesday, August 15 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group.

Sendolo Diaminah August 15, 2017;

Black people! Tonight my beloved sister Adrienne Maree Brown is leading a web discussion about Black Feminism as part of a series of Black August political education sessions hosted by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and BOLD.[28]

Those expressing interest on Facebook included Ash-Lee Henderson.

Amandla Training

Sendolo Diaminah February 1 2018

Hey Black organizers & those who love us: BOLD has re-opened our application period for Amandla, our organizer training program. We have just a few more slots we wanted to make available, so now is your chance if you missed the deadline!

Alicia Garza, Ajamu Dillahunt, Aaron Gamal, Whitney Maxey, Hashim Benford, Ociele Hawkins, Bryan Proffitt, Bennett D. Carpenter, Courtney Sebring, Cazembe Murphy Jackson, Reece Chenault, Charlene Carruthers, Chanelle Croxton, D’atra Jackson, Dove Kent, Fresco Steez DeLaflyy, Maria C. Fernandez, Aiden Riley Graham, Kaji Reyes, Laila Nur, Theo Luebke, Maria Poblet, N’Tanya Lee, Taliba O Njeri, Orisanmi Burton, Quinton Harper, Roberto Tijerina, Mary Hooks, Serena Sebring, Adaku Utah, Vanessa Moses, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Thomas Wayne Walker, Jayanni Elizabeth, Jayda Rasberry, Amber Evans, Dara Cooper, Yotam Marom.

Black Ideological Struggle Webinar

Black Ideological Struggle: Radical, Liberal, Conservative Public · Hosted by Sendolo Diaminah and Cazembe Jackson

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Created for Black August Practice Group

Join Sendolo Diaminah for a conversation about why Black radicals can and must learn how to effectively engage liberal and conservative ideologies among our people.
September 2, 2017. Hey family! Here is the final recording from the Black August webinars! Sendolo Diaminah took lots of patience and creativity breaking down Black Ideological Struggle for us.[29]

Those expressing interest on Facebook included Ash-Lee Henderson.

Beyond Bernie

Beyond Bernie: Electoral Strategy for an Independent Left

April 2019 Organizing Upgrade pulled together leaders and activists from many of the most important movements of the left electoral upsurge to discuss both short- and long-term electoral strategy. The recent resurgence of electoral engagement amongst the social movement and party left in the US is inspiring and full of potential, but still lacks a shared strategy across the groups leading the charge. Moving past the mainstream media focus on the presidential horserace, we talk to organizers on the front lines about the current state of this movement sector, and critical interventions that independent left organizers can make to move this work forward.

The strategy session included*:

The discussion was moderated by Rishi Awatramani and Linda Burnham.[30]

Supporting Tami Sawyer


In 2019 Ash-Lee Henderson supported Tami Sawyer for Mayor.

LeftRoots member


Ash-Lee Henderson is a member of the Fannie Lou Hamer branch of LeftRoots.

Supporting LeftRoots


In April 2019 Ash-Lee Henderson supported LeftRoots.

Policy Table Leadership Team

Karl Kumodzi[31] and Ash-Lee Henderson[32] sit on the Movement for Black Lives "Policy Table Leadership Team".



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