We’re tired. Tired of lived experiences being recited to us. Tired of being asked for our stories, but not our expertise. Tired of “allies” talking at us, but not listening.



The Assembly is a monthly newsletter where the voices of commonly excluded groups of people are at the forefront. Featuring interviews, personal narratives and a blank creative slate - we’re celebrating what makes us unique and what unites us all.



Amina Akhtar, a graduate of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, works in production at National Geographic. Amina, who is Pakistani-American, grew up abroad in Saudi Arabia and loves to travel and further her knowledge of other cultures. Outside of work you can find her sneaking pieces of food to her dog, Kimber, under the table. One day she hopes Kimber becomes Instagram famous so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a momager.

Lincoln Mondy is the Senior Manager of Strategic Projects at Advocates for Youth where he drives campaigns, press strategy and partnerships focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. He is the filmmaker behind Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the infiltration of the black community by the tobacco industry. The film has received media attention from the Huffington Post, NPR, Colorlines, NowThisNews and other media outlets under his direction.