01/10/2012 12:21 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2012

Social Activist Works To Create Safe Spaces For All

You might say that Adrienne Maree Brown is an exorcist for social justice.

"I help social justice groups align themselves with their vision," says the 33-year-old Detroit resident. "So much is wasted on small, petty things, or harboring bitterness, grief and trauma. I try to exorcise those feelings."

Since her early 20s, Brown has worked on the ground floor of social movements in order to hone her skills. From 2006 to 2010, she was the executive director of The Ruckus Society, a California-based organization that trains activists in non-violent direct action.

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