Episode 17

Published on:

28th Jul 2020

Magnificent Mujer Interview: Omkari Williams

Omkari Williams is an activist, artist, fundraising professional and storytelling creative who emerged from a family lineage and heritage  of African and Afro-American leaders in the fields of education, law, humanitarianism and activism across both sides of the Atlantic.  Her first incarnation in this life was a New York stage actress whose audiences weren’t broadway stages but regional hospitals and special populations with disabilities. Her next major career move was as to transform herself into a high powered Washington political fundraiser where she learned how the most powerful need powerful stories and lots of funding to get reelected. Disillusioned with the over emphasis on money machine in Washington she moved on to mentor grassroots activists across the globe on communicating their unique story as a strategy for building their own movements. Today Omkari Williams is an acclaimed storytelling coach, mentor, speaker and podcaster.   Omkari is a sought after speaker internationally on issues related to social, economic and racial justice, gender equality, womens issues, abortion rights, feminism, self healthcare and spiritual fulfillment.   She is the newest member of the Gente Unida Board.

For Omkari, “Being an activist means that you are someone who takes consistent action, whether in front of the scenes or way behind the scenes, to advance a cause that you are passionate about. For me the size of the action isn’t the point, what matters is that you are regularly taking action to make a difference. That’s my definition of activism.”

The two major influences of Omkari’s life was her father’s influential legacy as a powerful Black Humanitarian Activist and on being a black woman herself in the context of life in the US and what that means in terms of being a Black woman and having to work twice as hard to achieve anything close to professional status and the challenges of inclusion at all levels of society.

For over the 30 years Omkari has been helping others tell their stories through her role as community actor, then political fundraiser, and grassroots activist, mentor and host of the podcast, “Stepping Into Truth”:

“Knowing that I’m really good at leveraging story to advance social justice causes has led me to take actions such as organizing abortion speak-outs, advocating for those without the ability to speak for themselves, e.g., children and undocumented people, and to teach others how to do the same.”

website: https://www.omkariwilliams.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omkari_williams/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/omkari_willia

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Good Man: Enrique Morones of Gente Unida.net interviews courageous humanitarians weekly.
Enrique Morones is a Human Rights activist born in San Diego to Mexican parents who instilled in him a deep love for Mexico, spiritual faith and social justice. He is driven by the passage “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.” Matthew 25:35

Enrique has a history of firsts—In 1998 he was the first person to be granted dual citizenship with Mexico, the first president of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vice President in Major League Sports with the San Diego Padres bringing the first ever regular season games outside the US/Canada, the President and Founder of House of Mexico and President and Founder of Border Angels (saving migrant lives), an all volunteer group.

Enrique has been featured on NBC, CNN, CBS, BBC, NPR, Univision’s Don Francisco Presenta, Televisa Nacional, Rocio en Telemundo and in countless other international media around the world. He frequently lectures and has more than held his own on shows with Bill O’Reilly and Lou Dobbs. Morones promotes the TRUTH about the migrant community.

As a founder of GENTE UNIDA (a human rights border coalition) in May of 2005, he has led the national effort against the vigilante Minutemen soundly shutting them down in California. He is recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the USA by HISPANIC BUSINESS MAGAZINE and his recognitions include being FRONTLINE HUMAN RIGHTS international awardee for his lifelong dedication to Human Rights,2009 National Human Rights Award, presented by Mexican President Felipe Caldron, 2010 California Spirit Award, presented, Gil Cedillo, and the Bishop Buddy Alumni award presented by “USD” University San Diego.
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