Rebel (he/him/his pronouns) is a Disabled, fat, survivor femme witch. He is a light skin multiracial person with Black, French, Irish, Roma, Persian, and German ancestry. He has lived with pain since 1994 and considers pain to be a generative force in his creative practice.
Rebel has spent the past 18+ years studying, practicing, and reflecting on social justice issues, actively participating in equity and inclusion work in a variety of contexts for the past 15+. As a multiracial, disabled, nonbinary, zami, and historically very low income person, he identifies as an occupant of liminal, between-worlds, and crossroad spaces in the United States. This helps him hold dialectical tensions and bridge varying perspectives while building relationship with his collaborators.
Rebel landed with Disability Justice (DJ) consulting because DJ encapsulates all forms of liberation in its “commitment to cross-movement organizing” and intersectionality. It is also a rich culture that is widely lacking in our communities and deeply needed.
Rebel considers himself a healer of his lineage: generational curses are real, generational trauma is real. His role is to heal those traumas and break those curses. He has committed his life work to social change and transformation in order to heal the wounds of oppression in his family and his communities.
Rebel is an uninvited settler on the forcibly ceded lands of the Chinook, Cowlitz, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in so-called Portland, Oregon USA.
Image Description: A photograph of a young adult named Deanna Yadollahi. Deanna is outdoors in front of a trees, plants, an Orange flower, and blue sky, and is smiling. Deanna has light brown skin and short, partially shaved, curly hair with side bangs. Deanna is wearing a light pink tie dye top and a colorful floral kimono.
Deanna Parvin Yadollahi (they/them) is a fat, Disabled, neurodivergen