The Article 20 Network was formed by activists whose personal experiences convinced them that, despite a blooming global protest movement, encroachments on and negative attitudes toward public demonstrations were threatening expression. Someone had to stand up for those who stand up. Looking to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for guidance, we came up with our name and our mission:
The Article 20 Network defends and advances the human right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly worldwide.
The principal objectives of the Article 20 Network are to call attention to abridgments of and assaults on the Freedom of Assembly and to foster positive public attitudes toward assembly and its practitioners. The Article 20 Network's work includes:
- Education campaigns to broaden knowledge of practices and issues of Free Assembly
- Public resources to facilitate discussion about the Freedom of Assembly in our communities
- Direct action
- Observing and learning from public demonstrations
- Research and analysis to better understand practices of assembly and public and state responses to assemblies
- Seminars for organizers and practitioners
Our team brings a variety of experiences as lecturers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Together, we form a passionate, results-driven team devoted to a vision of humanity enjoying the benefits of thriving democracies perpetually balanced by public demonstration.
Dan Aymar-Blair Executive Director, Co-Founder
Dan is a lifelong activist and political blogger. The first assembly he organized was a high school walk-out and rally protesting Operation Desert Storm. Dan has made a career as an operations executive for fast-growing organizations including non-profits. Dan studied political science from the George Washington University and non-profit management at New York University.
BANAFSHEH UNGER Chief operating officer
Banafsheh is a certified public accountant in the State of New York and has over ten years of experience in public accounting and audits of companies of all sizes, including non-profit organizations. She has experience with internal controls implementation and financial statement preparation.
Alycee Lane Nonviolence Adviser
Alycee is an Oakland, California-based writer and author of Coming in From the Cold, a blog exploring political issues through the prism of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence.
A graduate of Howard University, Alycee studied English literature and later obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy from UCLA, where she specialized in African American literature and culture of the civil rights and black power movements. From 1995 to 2003, she served as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after which she obtained her Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
MIKE YOUNG CREATIVE DIRECTOR
As a creative director, designer and occasional illustrator, Mike has worked in advertising, education, newspapers and magazines. To the Article 20 Network, Mike brings more than a decade of expertise in art direction, creative-team management, advertising, brand identity, and design (digital, print, and out-of-home). He is proudly self-taught in HTML5, CSS3, and bits of PHP and jQuery. Aesthetically, he trusts simplicity above all, and believes that any problem can be solved with a little bit of humor.
Veri Di Suvero LEGAL Coordinator
Passionate about amplifying the most vulnerable populations’ voices around urgent equity issues, Veri has participated in sit-ins and protests, created media and other promotional literature for various groups and causes, and worked with her school’s administration to create more tolerant campus programs and Greek System. Veri has hosted various BlackLivesMatter events, and helped organize the largest climate rally in New Hampshire’s history.
Jane Mabe INSTITUTIONAL GIVING
Jane grew up in rural North Carolina where her father, a small-town minister and educator, instilled a profound respect for social justice champions like the Greensboro Four and Crystal Lee Sutton. A self-avowed tech nerd with a penchant for the intersection of media, technology, and culture, she is passionate about the power of technology to create more just and equitable societies. She contributes expertise in nonprofit management, strategic planning, philanthropy and The Walking Dead. Jane has a Master’s Degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Board of Directors
Justin Neely CHair
Justin is an artist, writer, editor, and technologist. He has exercised and defended the right to free expression through speech, assembly, writing, and art throughout his life. He has a BA from Amherst College in French and English, as well as an MA in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey.
Patrick McEvoy SECRETARY, Co-Founder
Patrick is active in many community organizations promoting responsible use and understanding of technology. How computer security and networking impact assemblies is his primary interest. Patrick has spent over 20 years successfully running his own IT company, servicing small businesses throughout the greater New York City area. He has worked in the technology space long enough to be paranoid about including a photograph with his biography.