Who We Are
BreakOUT! Founding Members
(L to R: Lhundyn, Milan, Jonathan, De-De, Amhari, and Kenisha)
Milan Alexander, Youth Organizer
As a Founding Member of BreakOUT!, Milan has been an integral part of BreakOUT!’s campaign development and base-building from its inception. She completed a paid internship with BreakOUT! in 2011, then completed a job training program at BreakOUT! with the city's workforce development program, Job1, in 2013, before coming on as a full-time staff Youth Organizer at BreakOUT! shortly thereafter. She has interviewed with PBS’s “In The Life” program, presented on LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care with the American Bar Association’s “Opening Doors” Project, and met with the Department of Justice multiple times about community experiences inside Orleans Parish Prison and with the New Orleans Police Department. Milan represents BreakOUT! in the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition in New Orleans and has spoken on behalf of the organization at press conferences, including with Women With a Vision and the Center for Constitutional Rights about Crimes Against Nature litigation and Human Rights Watch about discriminatory policing practices in New Orleans and the links to high rates of HIV transmission. Milan received the NOLA Unity Award for her work in the New Orleans LGBTQ community in 2013 and performs in BreakOUT!'s theatrical performance, "Say My Name, Say My Name" with the nationally acclaimed theater company from New York, Ping Chong + Company. She most recently competed the Center for Third World Organizing's Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.
Derwin Wilright, Jr., Youth Organizer
Derwin is a BreakOUT! member and on staff as a Youth Organizer since January 2013. He has also worked as a Southern Regional Planning Group Member and Student Coordinator with Amnesty International, graduated from the Brown Boi Project’s 2012 Leadership Cohort, and has been active in multiple other social justice organizations. He most recently worked at the Bucket Brigade, an environmental justice organization that supports the creation of sustainable neighborhoods free from industrial pollution. Derwin initially joined BreakOUT! thanks to a partnership with Job1.
Nate Faulk, Healing Justice Coordinator/ Youth Organizer
Louisiana Delta Service Corps Member
Nathaniel Faulk, Jr. is a BreakOUT! member who stepped into the position of Healing Justice Coordinator/ Youth Organizer as a Louisiana Delta Service Corps Member in September 2013. Nate is self-proclaimed lover of all positive energies, experiences, and people. Born in Lafayette Louisiana, Nate spent many of his years traveling along side his family with the US Army through his father, Sargent First Class Nathaniel Faulk, Sr. Attending the University of New Orleans, he is pursuing an American History degree with a minor in Environmental Studies. Throughout his studies, he has used his minor to more detail study the way Presidential Administrative policy has affected people and their surrounding environments. With overall career aspirations of working with municipal government, he prides himself on his community involvement and setting precedents for leadership through social awareness. During his tenure at UNO, Nate has served as President for the Student Activities Council, Leadership Recognitions Chair for the University Leadership Cabinet, Conference chair for the UNO Orientation Leaders, Public Relations Chair for the University Service Coalition, and Co-Captain of the UNO Hip Hop dance team. His hobbies including blogging, debating, dancing, reading historical fiction and non-fiction, and volunteering. Two quotes to describe himself include "Learn from every interaction," and "Don't be afraid of your sexy," the latter being a quote from Megastar Beyoncé in reference to embracing the essence of oneself. The main reason Nate wants to serve with BreakOUT! is to help strengthen a community he is very much a part of while building his community organizing skills.
Wesley Ware, Director
Wes is the Founding Director of BreakOUT! and a 2011 Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship recipient. He previously served as the LGBTQ Youth Project Director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) where he authored the report, Locked Up & Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system. Wes also serves on the Advisory Board for the Equity Project, a national initiative to bring fairness and equity to LGBTQ youth in juvenile delinquency courts. At JJPL, he coordinated the investigation for a class-action lawsuit on behalf of youth detained in New Orleans and monitored the conditions of three state-run youth prisons in Louisiana. His essay, “’Rounding Up The Homosexuals’: The Impact of Juvenile Court on Queer and Trans/Gender Non-conforming Youth” is published in the anthology, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. A native Southerner, Wes graduated with a degree in Gender Studies and African American Studies from Georgia State University and has organized across a span of social justice issues in Georgia, including organizing family members of incarcerated adults. His heart is in organizing around the intersections of race, class, and gender justice in the South.
Advisory Board Members
Deon Haywood, Women With a Vision
Ursula Price, Office of the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor, Community Organizer
Charlotte D'Ooge, American Civil Liberties Union
Xochitl Bervera, Racial Justice Action Center