etta cetera is a bridge builder, facilitator, mediator, community organizer, and performance heartist who is deeply committed to transformative & racial justice.
For over a decade, etta has been facilitating community dialogues, workshops & justice based study groups that challenge oppression. Certified through Pittsburgh’s Dialogue and Resolution Center etta volunteers with Juvenile Victim Offender Dialogue Program.
etta has been actively studying the impacts of oppression and participating in resistance to it for about 16 years – with a focus on challenging white supremacy and mass incarceration.
She is community educated by national grassroots conferences, such as, Critical Resistance, Allied Media Conference, National Conference on Restorative Justice, & Facing Race Conference, as well as, events, personal relationships & public art centers. Local study groups on oppression have included whites unlearning racism (6 years), anti-racism for prison activists, a transgender study group, and class-class a 10-week study group on classism.
In 2011, etta attended the Anne Braden Program in San Francisco – This 4 month political education and leadership development program supports the vision, strategy, and organizing skills of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movements for justice.
The organization WHAT’S UP (Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy, Undermining Privilege) grew out of this experience. Created in 2011,WHAT’S UP is committed to loving, supporting & challenging white people to work for racial justice.
In addition to WHAT’S UP, Etta co-founded Book ‘Em, Pittsburgh’s Books to Prisoner program and FedUp! a chapter of Human Rights Coalition that advocates for incarcerated people who are suffering human rights abuses. Currently, Etta is working with Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee, raising up the impacts of mass incarceration on women and working for parole reform in PA.
In 2004 etta received a Creative Activism Award from the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh’s Peace and Justice Center and in 2014 received the Volunteer of the year award from New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice.