You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.Fannie Lou Hamer
Tanvier Peart is a wife, mother, daughter of a retired police sergeant, and activist deeply invested in the liberation of people forced to the margins of society, and dismantling systems that power mass incarceration and economic inequities. Focused on decarceration and the reinvestment in communities instead of prison- and police-industrial complexes that continue to harm black and brown communities. In addition to addressing police culture, Tanvier is focused on educational equity, and school policies and practices that disproportionately harm black and brown children.
With the United States’ income inequality at the highest levels in half a century, almost every state investing more in prisons than educating children, and police violence being a leading cause of death for black men, there’s an urgent need to make a radical (and restorative) impact that requires us to part ways with the harmful systems in place and reimagine more community-focused initiatives. Tanvier has had an awakening over the years that not only transformed her work through action, but her reaction to systemic issues that continue to cripple communities across the country and abroad.
Tanvier Peart is a trained community organizer, a sharp-witted storyteller, and a communications strategist with a heart for people, a passion for justice, and desire for restorative practices that heal the whole person.
A graduate of Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders development program and the National Urban League Washington Bureau’s congressional advocacy program, she has training in organizing to empower and mobilize communities impacted by injustice, working with legislators to dismantle policies that marginalize.
A former leader of the Racial Justice Taskforce for the Western New York Peace Center, Tanvier aims to challenge racial inequality by organizing and amplifying the voices of those affected by injustices, and working with local and national organizations to disseminate research that demonstrates the effects of exclusion in order to campaign for just practices that go beyond reforming the systems in place. She dedicates time to grassroots organizations that advocate for quality and accessible education — regardless of race and socioeconomic status — and aim to dismantle systemic strongholds in order to transform and restore communities.
Tanvier previously held a seat on the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals’ executive council, focusing her efforts on serving the community through partnerships and events. She’s a member and strategist for Free the People WNY, a newly-formed coalition — comprised of 20-plus organizations — focused on decarceration on the local level in Buffalo and across the state. In addition, Tanvier is a member of the NAACP Buffalo chapter, and involved with Citizen Action of Western New York, Black Love Resists in the Rust (BLRR), and other organizations.
A Baltimore native, who once lived in the New York City tristate area and a rural town outside of Oklahoma City, Tanvier is currently finishing up her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on public policy (online) at the University of Baltimore.
She’s research capable, quick to understand policy, and enjoys working with others to create strategies and lobby for legislation. Her experience as a writer and senior editor can assist with crafting press releases and alerts, and utilizing social media strategically.
Tanvier Peart is a wife of a first-generation immigrant, a mom of two small boys, a PTA warrior, and an unashamed Christ follower who believes faith plus works yield good fruit.