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Carla Wallace

Template:TOCnestleft Carla F. Wallace born Prospect, Ky., (1957- ) is a Louisville Kentucky activist. Ms. Wallace led a successful effort in 1999 as part of the Fairness Campaign to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under Louisville's Human Rights Ordinance. In 2002 she was arrested for protesting the fatal police shooting in Louisville of a handcuffed man. The Late activist Anne Braden has called Ms. Wallace one of the best civil rights organizers Louisville produced during the 20th century.[1]


Carla Wallace grew up on a farm in Oldham County, Ky., and in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where her grandmother had hidden people resisting the Nazis under her floorboards during World War II. She has been engaged in social justice work since she was a child, joining her father in efforts to end racial segregation in Louisville’s theaters. Her work as an adult has included international human rights, affordable housing and police misconduct. She is a founder of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign, (her late father, Henry F. Wallace it's largest benefactor) which has been honored locally and nationally for its inclusive justice framework and for winning some of the most inclusive protections for LGBTQ people in the country. Wallace is a founding member of the national network Showing Up for Racial Justice, which was organized in the wake of the racial backlash to the election of the first black U.S. president.

She helped establish the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Louisville and co-chairs the Community Council of the University’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Her work has recently been included in a new book, Towards Collective Liberation, by Chris Crass.[2]

Shameka supporters

Shameka L. Parrish-Wright for JCPS District 4 October 28 2019·


With Lutisha Samaya Buckner, Carla F. Wallace, Tia Kurtisnger-Edison, Shameka L. Parrish-Wright and Pamela Jean McMichael.


Carla Wallace is a former community organizer for ACORN.

Line of March

In the 1980s Carla Wallace was a member of the Line of March Gay and Lesbian Commission.


Frontline July 20, 1987

In 1987 Carla Wallace and David Anderson were members of the Louisville Frontline Committee and the Kentucky branch of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

SONG connection

According to Pam McMichael;

"Out of that context of the Gay Rights, Special Rights video, and the NAFTA issue, some of us got together at Creating Change to talk about all this. Five of the Southerners On New Ground co-founders were there. Joan Garner was the only one missing, but was soon identified as someone to involve, and we had the first SONG planning meeting [after Creating Change], in January 1994, at her house in Atlanta. Another person who was not a SONG co-founder but was there at Creating Change and was really instrumental in the start of SONG, was Carla Wallace, from Louisville [part of Alliance Against Women’s Oppression and the Fairness Campaign]. All of us had done multi-issue work in our communities, and done that work as out lesbians, and had strong ties to wide movements—the women’s movement, anti-racism. [3]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Carla Wallace, steering committee, Kentucky Rainbow Coalition endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[4]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[5]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[6]

Left Unity Getting it together: How should broad left unity be built? Speaking freely of differences and defining the basis for united action

1993 NCIPA National Steering Committee

As of Spring 1993, the National Committee for Independent Political Action Steering Committee included Carla Wallace.

Henry Wallace Brigade

The 20 plus member Henry Wallace Brigade (named after late Louisville Kentucky activist Henry F. Wallace) traveled from Louisville Kentucky to Cuba December 2006/January 2007. Carla Wallace was member.

"Towards Collective Liberation" editorial crew

Chris Crass', 2013 book " was "Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy..." was edited by a team consisting of Chris and Molly, Rahula Janowski Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Nisha Anand, Sasha Vodnik, Cile Beatty, Danni Marilyn West, Amie Fishman, Jeff Giaquinto , Sharon Martinas, Gabriel Sayegh, Clare Bayard, Z. Lula Haukeness, Cindy Breunig, Jardana Peacock, Betty-Jeane Ruters-Ward, Betita Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Paul Kivel, Ingrid Chapman, Dan Berger, Josh Warren-White, Rachel Luft, Kerry Levenberg, Johnna Bossuot, Leah Jo Carnine, Berkley Carnine, Leah Close, Vivian Sanati, Dara Silverman, Helen Luu, Pauline Hwang Nrinder, N.K. Nann, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Max Elbaum, Keith McHenry, James Tracy, Alice Nuccio, Laura McNeill, Azedeh Ghafari, J.C. Callender, Nilou Mostoufi, April Sullivan-FitzHugh, Michelle O'Brien, Joe Tolbert, Tufara Waller Muhammad, Karly Safar, Jayanni Webster, Joshua Kahn Russell, prof. Laura Head, Andrew Cornell, Harjir Singh Gill, Emily Thuma, Rami Elamine, Chanelle Gallant, Charlie Frederick, Amar Shah, Alicia Garza, Elandria Williams, Carla Wallace, Ernesto Aguilar, Lisa Albrecht.[7]

"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.

Fred Hicks' Friends and comrades

According to to his friend and "comrade" David Horvath, Committees of Correspondence member Fred Hicks' Louisville activist friends included Carla Wallace, Jan Phillips (a longtime friend and fellow activist), Suzy Post (President of the Kentucky ACLU), Fr. Jim Flynn, Eddie Davis, Black Caucus and Educational Outreach Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, K. A. Owens, Ira Grupper, Gracie Lewis, Barb Williams.[8]

Kentucky Social Forum


Steve Pavey August 2, 2009; with Fredando Farmer Fredo Jackson, Christi H. Ketchum, Stephanie Guilloud, Tashia Bradley, Monica Hernandez, Pam McMichael, Doanta Davis, Andrew Kang Bartlett, Fran Tobin, Angelyn Rudd, Mary Brydon-Miller, Rochelle Arms, Chris Hartman, Erin Michelle Howard, Erica Smiley, Tanya Bernice Turner, Shannon Garth-Rhodes, Carol Kraemer, Shameka Parrish-Wright, Khalilah Veneable Collins, Christy Pardew, Esteban Bartlett, Josh Jennings, Jardana Peacock, Carla Wallace, Dave Newton, Gabriela Alcalde, Janet Jenkins Tucker, David Lott, Kay Tillow, Jackie Floyd, David Horvath, David O'Brien Suetholz, Ellen Braune and Judi Jennings.

Carl Braden Memorial Center Board

As of 2014 the board of the Carl Braden Memorial Center included;[9]

Women for Attica Scott

Attica Scott, March 2, 2016


It is #WomensHistoryMonth and a growing list of powerful women are hosting a campaign fundraiser for me next week. You, too, can add your name to this list by contacting Dr. Lauren Heberle.

Thank you to the women below who signed on in advance:

Lane Adams... See More — with Ellen Yonts Suetholz, Shameka Parrish-Wright, Dolores Delahanty, Allison Smith, Lauren Heberle, Carla Wallace, Carol Norton, Alcalde MG, Nisha Gupta, Dolores Delahanty, Rachel Mendoza-Newton, Dawn Jenkins, Tina Ward-Pugh, Khalilah Veneable Collins and Denise Heberle.

Showing Up For Racial Justice

Carla Wallace - Showing Up for Racial Justice, Louisville, KY.[10]

SURJ Founders

The first National leaders of Showing Up for Racial Justice, were Sam Hamlin, Dara Silverman, Pam McMichael and Carla Wallace.[11]

Leadership team

The Leadership Team (LT) is the programmatic and decision-making body of SURJ. This team is responsible for making decisions about the ongoing development, broad programmatic vision and fiscal oversight of SURJ.

Showing Up for Racial Justice leadership team, as of 2015;[12]

CoC 2016 conference

Banquet at Emeryville Senior Centerly 2016;

Evening program: “Building Solidarity with Social Movements”

Dump Trump

DUMP TRUMP, DEFEAT RACISM AND MISOGYNY, BUILD THE LEFT was an open letter to the left from 47 grassroots organizers. October 17, 2016.

A lot of us see something really clearly, but few of us—radical and revolutionary organizers—are willing to say it out loud.
So we’re going to say it. Defeating Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for the left. And at a minimum, that means mobilizing voters for Hillary Clinton in swing states even if you vote for another candidate in a safe state. We’ve got to beat Trump and Trumpism while building movements that will fight, resist and disrupt a Clinton administration that will be militaristic and pro-corporate...
As we mentioned at the beginning, defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts—whether Israel/Palestine, free trade agreements, climate change, a $15 minimum wage, or the prison-industrial complex. And neutralizing the appeal of the far right means we need to both strengthen our movements for racial justice and win over white workers to a progressive class politics as an alternative to Trump’s racist economic nationalism. Finally, we need to build a left that can help anchor a visionary alternative to corporate Democrats. It won’t be easy, but we’ve come this far. Let’s defend what we’ve got in this election, and keep our eye on collective liberation.

Signatories included Carla Wallace, Showing Up for Racial Justice Action, Inc.

Fight Back for Human Rights

Carla Wallace January 15, 2018:


Good to be here at Saint Williams Catholic Church with Richard Becker, Pam McMichael and other listening to Emcee Shameka Parrish-Wright lead us in a call to honor the Fight Back for Human Rights. — with [Richard Becker (Kentucky)[Richard Becker]].