Anu Yadav and Josh Davis speak about housing justice and displacement at Voices of Community

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Anu Yadav (writer/performer) is a Helen Hayes-nominated actress, writer and theater-based educator dedicated to uplifting untold stories.  As an actress, Yadav has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Theatre Alliance, and African Continuum Theatre, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Strathmore Mansion and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. She co-founded the storytelling project Classlines and was featured in the documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City. She is a 2016 DC Artist Fellow, and 2015-2016 Catalyst grant recipient. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is touring her solo work nationally, writing ISM: A TRAGICOMEDY, and next spring will perform in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s MACBETH.www.anuyadav.com.

Josh DavisJoshua Davis is the Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative, having begun his journey with the organization as a volunteer – cooking the Thursday night Community Meal. Josh’s leadership was key to the recent merger of Morningside Shelter with The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; The two long standing Brattleboro organizations merged to for Groundworks Collaborative. Groundworks provides housing and support to individuals and families experiences food and housing insecurity. Among his recent achievements is Josh’s appointment to the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty – a three ­year mandate from Governor Peter Shumlin to review and make recommendations on federal, state, and local government actions to respond to poverty in Vermont. Josh is also an active participant in our local Continuum of Care group, which statewide makes up the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. Josh and his family relocated to Brattleboro in 2008 so he could attend the SIT Graduate Institute, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development degree. Prior to their time in Vermont, Josh and his wife Tara served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia, and then taught English for two years in Japan. Josh has also spent time working with multi­ ethnic peace building organizations in Kosovo. Josh is a committed leader for lasting social change, focused on removing barriers to success to achieve affordable housing as a right for all in our community.

GROUNDWORKS was established in 2015 following the merger of the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter. We provide ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro, Vermont area.

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