ROSC (Resources for Organizing and Social Change formerly INVERT) was founded in 1977 by people who wanted an organization to promote nonviolence and social change through mechanisms of education, training, and organizing. ROSC’s mission is “to build and support a movement for nonviolent social change that will educate, activate, and empower all Maine people through grassroots community organizing.” We believe the most effective way to make change is to focus on root causes of injustice, and to organize with and encourage leadership in people who are impacted by the issues they are trying to change.
Sass Linneken, Executive Director
Though Sass (pronouns: they/them) found their stride in social change work largely through their affiliation with Unity College, where they recently graduated Valedictorian with an Environmental Writing and Media Studies degree (said as they brush off their shoulder and do a pirouette), it was the challenges they stumbled through before eventually becoming a non-traditional student in their 30’s that drew them to this type of work. On their own since age 16, and a veteran of chronic homelessness, Sass is no stranger to what it means to struggle and how it feels to try and thrive in a world where the deck is stacked against those with the least. Because they are finally at a point in life where they can meaningfully address some of the socially constructed root causes of the personal struggles they’ve survived, they found ROSC to be just the right fit professionally. Though Sass much enjoys engaging in various types of direct-relief charity work, what they most enjoy is trying to knock down the pillars of violent, exploitative, capitalist, colonizing culture that neglects the poor and working-class and are the impetus for white supremacy and racism, homelessness, climate change, war, environmental degradation, hate and intolerance to begin with.
In addition to the full-time work Sass does, ROSC also functions because of the invaluable work of other consultants listed below, a highly dedicated Board of Directors, and a large handful of indispensable volunteers.
Mike Reynolds, Ability Maine Web Manager and Reporter
Mike Reynolds (pronouns: he/him) has been a web wrangler and writer for Ability Maine since 2009. Currently he does the web work for Breath & Shadow and Ability Maine and also writes the majority of AM’s news content. Mike’s interests and the scope of his writing are wide-ranging. He profiles members of Maine’s disability community, covers news items of relevance to people with disabilities, and reports on his own or others’ activism for social justice in Maine or around the country. Recently, Mike’s exposé on UCP of Maine sparked outrage and was likely the impetus for important changes in the organization. Have a story idea, news tip, or interest in being profiled on AM? Mike can be reached at email@example.com.
Ivy Quigley, Ability Maine Web Design Manager
Ivy Quigley (pronouns: they/them) is a queer Disordered transfemme with a junk spine and a wild brain. They have organized queer safe spaces, done outreach for LGBTQ+ and homeless youth, and participated in local education reform. They’re often seen raising a sign; some of their many protests include school funding cuts, LGBTQ+ discrimination, gender essentialism, and economic inequality. Their passions include creating queer media, destigmatizing and normalizing mental illness, nonfiction studies, intersectional feminism, and board games. They are also a core member of Mindful Queer Collective.
Chris Kuell, Breath & Shadow Editor in Chief
Chris Kuell (pronouns: he/him) is a blind writer, editor and advocate. In addition to editing Breath & Shadow, he edits The Federationist, the newsletter of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut. He is the president of his local NFB chapter, serves on the NFB of Conn., board of directors, as well as on the board of directors of BESB, the Connecticut state agency for the blind. His articles, essays, and stories have appeared in a number of literary, and some not-so-literary publications. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSC Board of Directors:
Annie Lunt – Portland
Iggy River – Machias
Melissa Dunn – Lewiston
Phoenix Golden – Augusta
Samarali Daniels – Lewiston
Please Note: We are currently in search of new board members. If you identify as an activist or grassroots organizer and would like to see if you’d be a good fit as a board member of ROSC, contact Sass at email@example.com with the subject heading: Board Opening.