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Reimagining: Power

Common Field is proud to embark on a 360° internal audit with the goal of activating our ongoing commitments to equity, mutuality, and justice in collaboration with you, our Network. This process – co-facilitated by Mandisa Moore-O’Neal and Shana Turner – aims to reorient our mission, vision, internal structures, programming, and impact towards serving the artist-centered field with more equitable models of exchange and support in an accountable manner. We are excited to introduce you to Shana, Mandisa, and our incredible audit team, share with you our process in the coming months, and welcome you to participate.

Shana Turner and Mandisa Moore-O’Neal bring a collective thirty-five years of experience as culture shifters, popular educators, and facilitators in multi-racial, multi-gender organizing spaces. As Fat Queer Femmes based in New Orleans, the two have intentionally worked together for over ten years – growing and sharpening a shared understanding of power, power dynamics, and transformative justice while working within community to catalyze collective personal experiences into political praxis. Their practice is rooted in Abolitionist, Black, Indigenous, Working-Class, and Queer Feminist values, and aims to counter oppressive material realities while building futures in which we can all thrive.

Mandisa and Shana will work closely alongside their team, Documentarians Laura Ekua and Maria Luisa Rosal and Strategic Advisor Sage Crump, to assess Common Field’s operations with nuance, compassion, and rigor. To provide their assessment, the team will embark on a process to engage with the widest range of Common Field’s communities – past and present.

The Process and Timeline


  • February – March: Network-wide Online Survey
    Launches Wednesday, Feb 24
    Closes Monday, Apr 12 @ 11:59pm PDT

    In this critical first phase of our process, we invite direct feedback from all Network members to identify areas of alignment and misalignment between our Network and larger program vision.

    Whatever your level of prior experience with Common Field, we feel deeply that your insight as a cultural worker will prove valuable as we move through this process together.

  • February – March: One-on-One Interviews
    Next, the audit team engages current and former staff, board members, founders and a cohort of over 30 Network members and Convening partners that encompass a diverse and comprehensive population with respect to identity, geography, history, orientation, perspective, and circumstance.

    All constituents – except for current staff and board members – will be compensated for their participation in this phase of the audit process.

  • April – May: Facilitated “Fishbowl” Dialogues

    Then, we’ll gather a thoughtfully curated group of voices from many parts of the Common Field community to dive deeply into focused topics that emerge through the survey and interviews. This will allow the audit team to concurrently expand and refine their findings.

  • Fall 2021: Final Public Report

    To conclude the process, the audit team will generate a comprehensive document that relays findings around the ways in which we have collectively operationalized power within the organization. The document – shared directly with you, our Network – will provide recommendations for increased alignment between our mission, vision, structures, programming, patterns, and impact.

  • TBD: Public Forum

    In order to more collectively envision the path forward, Common Field will assemble a group of key stakeholders – including Shana and Mandisa – for a virtual discussion exploring the final report and the organizational possibilities revealed through this process.

Participate in 2021 with Free Membership

Member participation in the process is key to both the success of the audit and the future of the organization and we thank everyone that participated in our audit process from January - May 2021.

Though the audit process is complete, you are still welcome to join our membership for free through the end of 2021. New members can enter keycode CF2021 when registering at any level for a free membership. Although you are required to enter an active credit card, you will not be charged with this keycode. https://www.CommonField.org/join/

Current members can enter keycode CF2021 in the ‘Membership Subscription & Payment’ section of their account page to extend their membership for an additional year, free-of-charge. If there is currently a keycode attached to your account, email us at Hello [​at​] commonfield.org and we’ll update your account with free membership for 2021.

Did you already renew in 2021? All membership fees collected through auto-renewal in 2021 will be refunded by December 31, 2021. More information on renewing or activating your free year of Network membership can be found on our 'Join' page.

About the Audit Team

Co-Facilitators & Process Doulas

Mandisa Moore-O'Neal (she/her) is a Black Feminist and founder of The Moore-O'Neal Law Group, LLC, a Black feminist law and policy practice. She is also a facilitator and thought partner for grassroots organizations, coalitions, and initiatives who are interested in transforming conflict and confronting and shifting power and oppression. In 2012, Mandisa received her JD from Louisiana State University Law Center. In 2007, she was awarded a 2-year New Voices Gulf Coast Fellowship and in 2006 completed her undergraduate degree in History and Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans. Mandisa’s primary organizing support work is as a proud member of the Black Youth Project100-New Orleans' chapter and an active member of the Louisiana Coalition on Criminalization and Health. She works closely with Frontline Legal Services as their part-time Litigation and Advocacy Director. Mandisa also serves on the BYP100 501c3 Board of Directors and the Political Research Associates Board of Directors.

Shana Turner (she/her) works with groups to steward processes that map ways toward collective visions. She brings twenty years of experience with grassroots community organizing, transformative justice, human services, organizational infrastructure development, communications, participatory planning and evaluation, creative writing projects, and collective learning through a popular education praxis. Shana’s work complicates the false binary between victim and offender in intra-community conflict and violence; treats wounds as sites for transformation; interrogates the construction and perpetuation of whiteness, and engages rituals of ceremony in the ordinary and extraordinary movements of everyday life.

Shana has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor's degree in Critical Race, Class, and Gender studies from Goddard College. She is the founder of Reflect & Strengthen, engaging multi-racial, working-class young women in radical grassroots organizing and cultural programming; and the co-founder of BLOOM: A Creative Writing Retreat that Fosters Self-Actualization, working with Southern-based writers. Shana has served as Consultant Coordinator with Leveraging A Network for Equity, a national network addressing racial and geographic disparities in the arts & culture field; and as Logistics Coordinator for Gallery of the Streets, a network of artists, activists, scholars, cultural workers, and community supporters, aiming to “engage everyday spaces as sites of resistance.” She currently serves as Secretary for the United for a Fair Economy’s Executive Board; and as Coordinator of the Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee for Lift Louisiana, a reproductive rights organization focused on litigation and policy advocacy.

Documentarians

Maria Luisa Rosal (she/her) is a founding member of BanchaLenguas Language Justice Collective, based in New Orleans and dedicated to creating multilingual spaces across communities, struggles and borders. She brings 20 years of personal, organizing, advocacy and academic experience on U.S. foreign, economic and military policy towards Latin America. She has actively been involved in accompanying Central American asylum seekers in Louisiana as well as educating on the historic root causes of migration and the connections to racialized and militarized immigration policies.

Maria Luisa holds a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and earned a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean from the Universidad Nacional de San Martina in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maria Luisa is a working class, Guatemalan refugee who grew up in Virginia. Her mother organized in Guatemala with families of the disappeared after the 1983 disappearance of her husband by the Guatemalan state. Growing up, Maria Luisa would attend rallies and community events geared towards denouncing U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America and building solidarity. Maria Luisa continues to be actively involved in collective memory-building in Guatemala and continues to search for her father. Maria Luisa is a builder of bridges across borders and, in her free time, she loves swinging in hammocks and playing the accordion and guitar.

Laura Ekua (she/her) is a Black person who loves Black people. Her work has largely focused on projects that directly benefit cash poor, working-class Black folk in the South. She's organized labor campaigns with Fight for $15, coordinated the New Orleans Black Mama's Bailouts with SONG, led the field strategy against an anti-abortion amendment, and fundraised & dispersed mutual aid funds. Laura is a staunch Abolitionist & Anti-Capitalist whose goal is to alleviate the suffering of the oppressed.

Much of her childhood was spent barefoot by a river in the Chesapeake Bay where her mother's family lived. Her father's family are farmers and fishers in Senya-Beraku, Ghana. She is now based in New Orleans, with no plans to leave.

Laura has a degree in Anthropology and is currently a member of BYP100.

Strategic Advisor

Sage Crump (she/her) is an artist, culture strategist, and facilitator who expands and deepens the work of cultural workers/arts organizations in social justice organizing and supports social justice organizations in understanding the role art and culture can play in movement building. Based in New Orleans but working nationally, she believes in leveraging art, creative practice, and the cultural sector to transform systemic oppressions. Sage is a member of Complex Movements, a Detroit-based artist collective whose interdisciplinary work supports local and translocal visionary organizing. Sage is principal and co-founder with artist muthi reed of The Kinfolks Effect (TKE) Studios. TKE studios is an incubation space for multimedia interdisciplinary artwork that examines the movement of Blackness through time and space. Sage Crump is the Program Specialist for Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE) at the National Performance Network. LANE is a 10-year initiative that amplifies the leadership of arts organizations of color and rural organizations and grows their ability to thrive in culturally authentic ways. Sage is Chief Architect of Emergent Strategies Ideation institute, a body that shapes the way movements think about and go about transforming the world we live in. She is board chair for Media Justice, Art2Action, a member of Alternate ROOTS and a member of the Guild of Future Architects, Sage’s work incorporates complex sciences, emergent strategy and creative practice to imagine the world we want to live in and build strategies and practices that will get us there.