who we are
RRI builds anti-racist institutions and systems grounded in the cultural wealth, humanity, and leadership of communities of color.
We work with government agencies, nonprofits organizations, foundations, universities, and other institutions to support them in assessing their current systems, undergoing the individual and collective learning journeys needed to unpack and understand how individual and systemic racism shows up in the workplace and in industry more broadly, and set goals and implementation plans to transform systems to be grounded in racial and social equity.
righteous rage builds anti-racist institutions, and systems grounded in the cultural wealth, humanity, and leadership of communities of color.
Righteous Rage Consulting helps our partners on a Truth to Transformation journey. The practices we use are grounded in creating space for deep truths to be spoken, and for healing to begin to take place. We help leaders and staff make meaningful, authentic commitment to transforming systems, and then work alongside them every step of the way to make that commitment a reality.
We understand that transforming our systems starts with individuals — there must be buy-in, shared understanding, and shared commitment across the staff to lead a transformative effort. As we partner with you, we will build that culture of openness, curiosity, vulnerability, empathy, and boldness so everyone within the organization can take the actions needed to create equitable outcomes.
Our process for working with organizations to embed a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-oppression generally follows a three step process:
This starts with creating a process for fully assessing the current reality of racial equity within the organization to lift up hard truths and blind spots, while identifying the shared goals and understanding level of commitment for change.
We work deeply with HR and other central departments to examine policies, practices, and models together, and create space across executive and department leadership to unpack implicit bias and trauma from racism that individuals may be holding.
Healing involves building space for reconciling from harm, to rebuild deeper, more trusting relationships. We help staff adopt shared understanding, language, and deeper trust to acknowledge and heal from racial tension and racism in the organization.
Our facilitators create a safe space where staff throughout the organization can process difficult emotions that often come up when discussing race. We bring frameworks to help groups learn how to hold space for each other, and how to engage with each other, their clients, and how to work with cultural competency.
As the healing process takes hold, we begin working with teams across an organization to establish shared goals and strategies around racial equity, and build processes for ensuring that there is a racial equity lens brought to every conversation and every decision made on behalf of the organization.
This phase is about moving from talking about racial equity to making clear investments that enable each department to implement their goals and establishing systems for accountability and sustainability of efforts.
RRI offers a team of consultants and facilitators with deep subject matter expertise in nonprofit management, organizational culture, and equity and social justice.
Hasira “Soul” Ashemu
Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
Hasira was born and raised in Northeast Denver, CO an East Angel graduate, attended Howard University “The Mecca” and later traveled the world spending a decade living in Africa raising his family in Ghana. Hasira is a prolific writer, speaker, facilitator, communications professional who has been using his talents, experience and skills to create and support institutional and community initiatives that usher in social change. In addition to Hasira’s extensive resume in community organizing and initiatives for social justice movement building, Hasira has led contracts with Denver Public Schools to train teachers to properly identify and work with students of color who were gifted and talented, and has delivered Breaking Bias trainings with a wide range of agencies and institutions, including the United Unitarian Church, National Education Association and Colorado Education Association, among others.
Chief Strategist Officer
Cassandra P Johnson is the Chief Strategist Officer for the Righteous Rage Institute for Healing and Social Justice, where she serves as a co-facilitator, content expert, trainer and curriculum designer for RRI’s consulting services while working closely with community partners to implement RRI’s initiatives and programming on the ground.
With over 25 years in the nonprofit sector, Cassandra possesses a wealth of experience steeped in early childhood education, public policy, administration, human resources, capacity building, diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural consciousness, awareness campaigns, community and family engagement. Cassandra is a 6th generation Denver pioneer and holds a BS in Management, an MBA in Administration and a Grad Certificate from the University of Denver in Early Care and Education Leadership. Cassandra has co-created and co-founded two nonprofit organizations.
As a proud mother of three children and grandmother of two little ones, she understands the value of family and the importance of having strong communities around them.
Director of Consulting and Training
Allison is the Director of Consulting and Training for RRI and has worked as a consultant primarily supporting Social Justice movement building and Education Justice work for the past 15 years.
She brings a range of experience with strategic planning, launching new programs, organizational development, board management, fundraising, and strategic communications, all with a deep equity lens. She manages the day-to-day support to RRI's major consulting partners, including Nurse-Family Partnership, Rose Community Foundation, and Get Outside Colorado. She also is a leader and co-faciltiator for RRI's flagship training programs, including Awareness to Ally to Abolitionist and Truth to Transformation corporate training.
As a member of the Righteous Rage's executive leadership team, she also supports organizational strategic visioning, community-based programming, and helping achieve the transformational mission of RRI.
Trained in India, Zee Clarke specializes in sound healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Vipassana meditation. She is certified in the ancient Japanese energy healing technique of Reiki, she’s a certified yoga instructor, and she has studied Ayurveda as well. Zee’s approach to healing is to help you channel the healing energy that is already inside of you, your inner self, your higher self, your true power.
Jahsasamut Apuatu has practiced meditation since her early teens. She is a priestess in the Ausar Auset Society, a Pan African religious organization. She provides individual spiritual counseling, as well as classes and workshops on Meditation, Health & Longevity, Stress Management, QiGong, and the IChing Oracle System.