WED. JUNE 8 | Post Show Discussion featuring Eugene Puryear (Radio Host "By Any Means Necessary
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback featuring Eugene Puryear (Radio Host, "By Any Means Necessary") and Amy Nelson (Whitman Walker, Director of Patient Legal Services)
Eugene Puryear is a Washington, D.C.-based activist. As a high school student in Charlottesville, Va, Eugene organized a walkout when the war in Iraq began in 2003, and helped to organize a number of the large-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a key leader In the struggle to free the Jena Six in 2007, was a founder of the Jobs Not Jails coalition, DC Ferguson Movement and Stop Police Terror Project in Washington D.C., and is the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.
Amy Nelson is the Director of Patient Legal Services. In this role, she manages staff attorneys and legal fellows; handles her own caseload related to transgender access to health care, public and private health insurance, consumer rights, and name change cases; and oversees Whitman-Walker’s network of pro bono attorneys and volunteers. In 2012, Nelson managed the launch of the area’s first Name and Gender Change Clinic to assist trans people with updating their identity documents. In 2014, she was recognized as a “Shero of the Movement” by the DC Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, and was honored with Capital TransPride’s Engendered Spirit award. Nelson served on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s House, a residence for HIV-positive, homeless women, and oversaw its successful transition into the N Street Village family of programs in 2011.
Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and graduated from The George Washington University School of Law with honors in 2001, having served as president of Lambda Law and on the International Law Review. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York Bars.