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Trauma Informed Researcher; Abolitionist

mayed is a design researcher and creative strategist. They bring a critically-informed approach to community-centered design that seeks to advance culturally thriving, regenerative, and sustainably empowering outcomes. Inside and out, mayed is an abolitionist at heart. She seeks to articulate the ways in which carceral logics and discourses are reproduced in our lives, and dreams of the ways in which we can liberate ourselves and reclaim the freedom to define our own realities. mayed’s work embodies the radical critique needed to disrupt oppressive systems and the speculative dreaming that is necessary to imagine new worlds.

mayed is a brown, queer, Disabled, neurodivergent, Muslim, first-generation settler immigrant to the "United States", currently residing on the unceded lands of the Council of Three Fires (Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Odawa) and the Miami, Menominee, and Ho-Chunk Nations. mayed was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and has ancestral lineages spread across Iran, Afghanistan, and India. They are trying to reclaim their Indigenous Parsi heritage, which has largely been eliminated by Eurocentric colonial legacies.

mayed is actively involved in political organizing and grassroots activism, primarily concerning police and prison abolition, militarism, decoloniality and land sovereignty, surveillance technologies, carceral mental health care, and Disability justice. She is persistently engaged in developing a pluriversal politic that strives for freedom and collective liberation. He believes we are all interconnected and that transformation starts from within us- from one heart to another.

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