Shannah Kurland

Shannah Kurland

Providence, RI

Host: Providence Youth and Student Movement

Shannah Kurland will establish a project that documents police misconduct and provides legal support to people challenging abusive police practices in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kurland has over two decades experience as a community organizer and organizational development expert. She is the former executive director of Direct Action Rights Equality in Providence, Rhode Island; was the coordinator of a multi-year community development initiative targeting several Providence neighborhoods; and served as the interim executive director of the National Organizer’s Alliance. More recently, with the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, she helped to launch the Copwatch Providence pilot, supported campaigns opposing gentrification and racial profiling, and worked to challenge harsh immigration enforcement practices.

Kurland holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law.