COUNTER BALANCE

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 Co-founder & CBATX Executive Director

Kristinabrown@counterbalanceatx.org 

Kristina Brown

Kristina Brown is an social epidemiologist by training with a specialty in the identification and assessment of disparities (race and gender). Principally oriented in Black revolutionary struggle, Kristina is fascinated by the utility of spirit, culture and communications to define and cultivate a revolutionary agenda.

 

Invested in applying her skills and empowering her community, she is the co-founder and executive director of Counter Balance: ATX. Counter Balance: ATX is a grassroots non-profit organization purposed to improving the quality of life of women of the global majority and impoverished women, by reimagining Black women's relationship to themselves and the world that impacts them.

 

Most recently, Kristina co-founded 400+1; the world's first Black cooperative federation and Counter Balance's parent organization, to build economic and political power across the Diaspora. It is her hope that this framework will be the vehicle for mass movement and result in propelling Black folx to a world unimaginable, beyond survival.

 

Kristina is currently exploring how sensory-based experiences can improve the health of the Diasporic consciousness. This includes information about what we are naming as healing habits that result in a holistic resistance to the impacts of racialized oppression.

Fatima Mann, J.D.

 CBATX Co-founder &

Community Advocacy & Healing Project Director

Fatimamann@counterbalanceatx.org 

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Fatima Mann 

Fatima holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, with a minor in Africana Studies, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas.

 

In February 2014, Fatima co-founded the Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) and remained at that organization until September 2016. While at AJC, she was one of the main facilitators of the July 2015 Sandra Bland vigil; she co-facilitated a SXSW panel; she planned and executed marches, vigils, events, and other programs; and she contributed to the Austin Police Department’s body-worn camera policy.

 

She has spoken at various demonstrations regarding social justice issues, and she has participated in numerous panels, community forums, and conferences.  Fatima’s work with AJC opened her eyes to the lack of time, energy, and attention given to self-identifying women in regard to police brutality, healthcare, and policy change.

 

Recently, Fatima co-founded Counter Balance: ATX to better address those issues; she was also one of the presenters for Blackademics; she co-facilitated the African Diaspora Women Summit at Huston-Tillotson University; and she was nominated for the 40 Under 40 Award in Austin, Texas.  Fatima is currently a second-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she works with TCJC’s policy team through the Texas Legislative Internship Program.  She hopes to act as a bridge between the community and the legal system, and she wants to utilize the skills she has learned to make a difference within the community.