Isaac Lev Szmonko

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Template:TOCnestleft Isaac Lev Szmonkowas born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts and after 6 years in Oakland is still adjusting to Bay Area “seasons.” He was first politicized around feminism as one of the only girls in little league baseball. The War on Terror, militarism in post-Katrina New Orleans, and studying abroad in India, Nepal, and Tibet were all very influential in Isaac’s understanding of white supremacy and imperialism. Isaac first met Catalyst Project members in New Orleans in an anti-racist training where he participated in his first ever caucus of white people talking about racism. There, he also met Critical Resistance (CR), where he has been a member for the last 6 years.

As a part of CR, Isaac has worked to stop gang injunctions and other racist policing measures in Oakland; to fight against prison and jail expansion across California; to abolish solitary confinement and support prisoner hunger strikes; and to work for a world where all communities have basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, dignity, love, and the power to make decisions that influence their lives. He recently worked at Resource Generation to move large amounts of resources out of rich communities and into grassroots movements and social programs. Isaac participated in the Anne Braden Program in 2009, and as a Braden Leadership Team member in 2013. He is a queer, trans, anti-zionist Jew.[1]

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Catalyst Project staff, as of 2015;[2]