Alexandra Appleton: Alexandra is a survivor, devoted mother of three young children, and advocate that grew up in North Portland. She has a lived experience of homelessness, incarceration, interpersonal violence, and recovery. Today, Alexandra does both peer and professional advocacy. Currently she is a board member for Home for Everyone and West Women’s Shelter, a committee advisor for Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Women in Prison Project, and the leader of Multnomah County’s Family Independence Initiative Cohort working to disrupt generational cycles of poverty. She graduated from PSU in 2017 and now works at Transition Projects Inc as a Wellness Specialist. When not doing advocacy work, she is working towards her CADC I/II certification and has goals of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, owning a home, and developing a non-profit to serve survivors of sex trafficking.
Liberation Barbell: Liberation Barbell is a barbell gym – but we are about more than just building muscle. Liberation Barbell believes in inclusive fitness for feminists, queer folks, trans folks and people of all sizes. We are here for those who want to lift without weight loss or diet talk and for anyone that has ever felt like the gym is not for them, simply because of who they are. Liberation Barbell invites you to take up space!