Caitlin Petrakis Childs is a thirty-something, white, queer, intersex, femme, vegan, community organizer living in Atlanta, GA.
From 2009-2016, Caitlin served as the Organizing Director at the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Under her leadership, the Real Communities Initiative went from a dream to reality. She created a philosophical, values-based framework, as well as practical and administrative structures, to develop partnerships and implement projects statewide. She provided intensive, ongoing hands-on mentorship and coaching to community organizers and their groups around the state of Georgia, ranging from one on one support to designing and facilitating workshops, retreats and other learning opportunities. She organized the Disability and Social Justice Summit in 2015 and has spoken nationwide to disability organizations on community organizing, Asset Based Community Development, intersectional and visionary organizing models. In 2016, GCDD was selected by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for their Full Inclusion Award for the work of Real Communities under Caitlin’s leadership.
Caitlin was raised and is strongly rooted in Georgia. She has 18 years of experience in grassroots organizing working on a variety of social justice issues. Based on her own lived experiences of difference and marginalization, she started organizing at 14 and later founded an animal rights organization and quickly became active in a number of movements including racial justice, LGBTQ, intersex advocacy, feminism, and disability. In 2007, she was recognized by Southern Voice as one of the 20 “Next Generation of Gay Atlanta.”
Caitlin has been involved in many organizations and was an organizer of efforts around the G8 Summit in Georgia in 2004. She is a frequent lecturer throughout the U.S. on the topic of intersex. She was featured in documentary films “One in 2000” and “Intersexion.” Her essay, “Reclaiming Femme,” appears in Visible: A Femmethology, Volume Two.
Caitlin is passionate about interdependence, intersectionality and building movements that cross identity lines and support communities to create their own solutions to their problems, particularly in the South. She has been strongly influenced by Popular Education, Visionary Organizing and the work of Myles Horton, Anne Braden, Grace Lee Boggs and The Highlander Center.
Caitlin is currently working on a major writing project, reading lots of books, recharging her batteries and continuing her work for social justice as a consultant and organizer.
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