Arun Prabhakaran

A longtime grassroots organizer and political activist, Arun Prabhakaran served as an assistant education director at the Kensington Welfare Rights Union during its heyday. He developed popular education projects on issues of gentrification and drugs, including the Drug War Reality Tour, which looked at the impact of the global drug crisis on Philadelphia’s poor and was the subject of the Guerrilla News Network documentary Drug War Reality Tour. He is also a member of the national staff of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.For six years, Arun worked at the Youth Health Empowerment Project developing a harm reduction drop-in center for youth in Philadelphia providing a variety of services, including case management, therapy and basic health care. He then worked at Solutions for Progress, a public policy consulting firm that creates new public and private partnerships that benefit all involved utilizing technology, research, analysis and practical applications to improve the quality of life of their clients.Arun graduated from Kent State University with a degree in chemistry. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Carrie, and their two children, Kamal and Nina.