About the Authors

Allison Hargus

Creator, Writer

Hargus received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She  also acquired a minor in Asian 21270957_2013986235496612_8922432163198401018_nStudies. Later, she joined a team of 50 activists through Global Zero’s Action Corps and trained on how to lobby world and local leaders. Since then, Hargus formed teams of activists dedicated to nuclear abolition and organized multiple events while networking with experts. She also conducted research on the alternative methods for discussing nuclear abolition by focusing mainly on the international criminal justice ideology of Restorative Justice. Hargus created this blog as an open forum for activists from every corner of the world to come together and create a site where people can make conscious and informed decisions on solid action. She focuses on recruiting writers from every special interest to make a unique and collaborative experience. Since its creation, The Conscious Activist has reached readers in over 20 countries- and counting!

Alexa Bass

Writer, poet


Alexa is a writer and poet in California. When she’s not busy chasing around her 3 small children, she focuses her interests on feminism and ethics. In 2014, she started an active living support group in 3 cities with over 3,000 members for women during the postpartum period to combat and support those with postpartum depression. She began a blog in 2016 to help create an open forum of discussion for those interested in social justice. Read more from Alexa on her blog: Alexa 365

Adam Canal

Graduate Research Assistant, Agriculture Editor, writer


Adam Canal was born and raised in rural Western North Carolina. Canal received three Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticultural Science, Plant Biology, and Crop Biotechnology from North Carolina State University in 2016. He is currently working on his Master of Science degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics at North Carolina State University in the Department of Horticultural Science.  His research includes a relatedness analysis of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas Lam.) among global centers of diversity, quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis for anthocyanin pigment inheritance in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), and identification of genetic markers for breeding against internal heat necrosis in potato.  He has a passion for educating people about science and agriculture, which he channels into his work as Agriculture Editor for The Conscious Activist. For more of his upcoming work, check out Conscious Cultivation.

Kate Jameson Fowler

Photo Editor, writer


Kate Jameson Fowler is a native of Asheville, NC, which harbors her love for the outdoors and culture. She loves spending time playing with her daughter, husband, Pitbull, and cat. Fowler first attended school at UNC Asheville for a degree in Religious Studies, but found another path working with a tech company and pursuing her other passions. Some of those passions include conservation work, photography, creating medicinal teas and training to work as a doula to help mothers start exciting new chapters in their lives. Her greatest love of all is leaving a lasting impact on her fellow humans.


Jillian Perrine

Agriculture Teacher, volunteer, guest author

JillJillian Perrine graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Agriculture Education. Currently, she teaches high school horticulture in Charlotte, NC. While in Durham, she worked on the raptor team doing raptor care and outreach at Piedmont Wildlife Center. Now, in her free time, Perrine dedicates herself as a transport volunteer at the Carolina Raptor Center; she acts as a first responder to emergency bird situations. Perrine now joins The Conscious Activist to share her experience and outreach on Raptor Conservation through volunteer work and writing.

Josh Clark

Musician, guest author

josh-clark.pngJosh Clark is a professional, touring musician originally born and raised in the greater Asheville area. Currently touring with the act, Travers Brothership, Clark has been performing professionally for nearly 11 years. He is an Appalachian State University graduate, and has performed alongside musical greats such as Dr. John, Ike Stubblefield (The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.), Nicky Sanders (Steep Canyon Rangers), Marcus King, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), and many others.


Mary Popeo

English Programs & Public Relations Director for Peace Culture Village/ Guest Author

A Boston native with a background in anti-nuclear activism, Popeo is now working at
Peace Culture Village, a non-profit organization, international eco-village and peace training camp in rural Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Her original work in nuclear abolition came about through Global Zero, an organization dedicated to the non-proliferation and abolition of nuclear weapons worldwide. But after doing some soul searching, Popeo found herself better suited to advocating for peace.


Guest Authors

Guest authors featured on this page come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the writers have years of experience in activism, nuclear abolition and other similar issues. Other writers come from a rich background in their own fields of study. The power of coming together is sharing our unique stories and working together on HUMANitarian issues. 

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathleen Sullivan says:

    Hi Allison. Thank you !! One note, I’d change ‘nuclear non proliferation’ to ‘nuclear disarmament’ or even better nuclear abolition… That’s our goal. Many greetings from New York. Mary Olson is a dear friend of mine.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! I hope that we can continue contact, I have much to still learn!


  2. Ward Wilson says:

    Hi Allison. I’ve been reading your blog. It’s very good.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much. I must say, I appreciate you taking the time. Your work has influenced how I try to educate people on understanding the myths behind nuclear weapons.


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