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Freedom, Inc. Co-Leader, Ms. Adams, Ends His Term with the Organization | Local News

One of the leaders of the local organization who pushed the Madison School Board to remove resource officers from high schools and who has been at the forefront of several social justice initiatives is stepping down.

Ms. Adams, co-executive director of Freedom, Inc., said Friday would be her last day with the organization.

Adams worked with Freedom, Inc. for 14 years, starting as a young queer apprentice. The organization shaped her, she says.

“FI has been my political home, an incubator of my radical vision and my vehicle of practice in the struggle towards the North Star,” she said in a farewell note to the organization. “I cannot say enough about the impact that the organization, its leadership, its members and its political projects have had on me.”

Adams co-director Kabzuag Vaj will continue as executive director of Freedom, Inc. Vaj founded the organization in 2000. A refugee from Laos, she began her advocacy work at the age of 16, helping and sheltering teenagers at risk. .

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