Youth Organizing Fellows 2022

Annie Bennett is from Severna Park, MD but is currently living in Boston. She is a third year student at Emerson College and works as a career coach, a journalist, and a fellow for AU!

Annie will be planning community organizing activities in Boston to advocate for the Do No Harm Act and the Equality Act.

“Church-state separation is at the root of so many issues that touch the lives of Americans.  I look forward to learning more about church-state separation and Constitutional law when I attend Columbia Law School next year.”–Charlotte Waldman, New York, NY

Charlotte will be planning organizing events at Columbia and in her community to support the Do No Harm Act and the Equality Act.

Eoin Lyons is a master of theological studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School studying religion, ethics, and politics. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Eoin is passionate about understanding the animating forces of faith, particularly those that contribute to coercive or restrictive practices of religion within the criminal justice system.

Hannah Santos, Cambridge, MA, is a current Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School and holds a B.A. in religious studies and history from Brown University. She is passionate about improving public understanding of religion and protecting religious liberty for all faiths and none.

“I am studying the intersection of the biological sciences and public policy to better advocate for equitable healthcare and health policy, regardless of religious association or lack thereof. I am specifically interested in the protection for our most underrepresented and under-resourced communities, such as my own Muslim community.”–Heba Mohiuddin, Beaumont, TX

Induja Kumar is from Chandler, AZ. She is a student at Vanderbilt University on the prelaw track interested in climate justice, digital forums through which politics happen, and studying movement building, especially in relation to spirituality and religion. Indu hopes to bring a multigenerational, cross-coalition approach to their organizing and examine how AU’s work intersects with issues in policy discourse, though these connections may not be easily discernible.

Evan Gates is from Hebron, KY and is an economics & poverty studies undergraduate student at Miami University of Ohio. His studies bring together social justice pedagogies to understand systemic inequality and how multifaith & queer advocacy connects to church-state separation.

He is committed to connecting church-state separation to other critical issues such as reproductive justice and socioeconomic barriers in the public eye.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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