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 fueled by righteous anger, dismantling systems, and connecting community to realize a more equitable, empowered, and just society. Focused on unbuilding our nation’s criminal justice system that feeds the prison-industrial complex, Tanvier is also dedicated to addressing the lack of transparency and accountability in police culture, and the impact of inequitable school systems and the mistreatment of children from marginalized communities.
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. 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 reform and just practices. 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.
Currently, Tanvier is working with local agencies and community partners, along with the LEAD National Support Bureau, to assist in the implementation of a law enforcement assisted diversion (LEAD) program for the Buffalo area that addresses the need for an alternative system for persons accused of low-level offenses that’s both community-based and addresses underlying concerns — through treatment and restorative practices — to preventing individuals from entering the criminal justice system while addressing root issues.
She’s dedicating her energy to advocating for the passing of The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act in the New York State Legislature with the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NYCAIC) to eradicate the inhumane use of solitary confinement in jails and prisons.
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 of the NAACP Buffalo chapter, involved with Citizen Action of Western New York, and currently sits on the board of the Western New York Peace Center.
A Baltimore native with an Empire State of mind — who once called Oklahoma home — Tanvier is currently pursuing 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.