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Anna Blackshaw is a political consultant, activist and photographer whose work for social justice has spanned the last two decades. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Oakland Institute, a think tank dedicated to increasing public participation and fair debate on social, economic and environmental issues. She worked in the California Legislature as a consultant for many years on issues of international trade and democracy, human rights, prison reform, economic justice and gender equality. She has also lived and worked in South Africa as an advocate on issues of workers rights, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS and globalization. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa.