Artist/entrepreneur/activist 5 years ago, she was painting murals as a federal inmate now she’s launched an environmentally friendly clothing brand based on her art. She has also been working with state representatives to get better laws on the table that protect people – some passed. About Elizabeth Mikotowicz In her 20’s she barely survived a very violent relationship; he assaulted her with a wooden dowel, and you could see her skull when it happened. The Drs gave her opioids, and when she refused, they threatened her with child protective services because she was pregnant and refusing medical advice. She Was told she was on too small a dose to get addicted. Eventually, she went to the DV shelter and was turned away, they said her injury was too severe and it put the other women in danger. She survived because drug dealers helped her – or took advantage depending on how you look at it. She eventually went to federal prison for a non-violent drug charge. She endured and witnessed so much institutional abuse, corruption, systemic racism, and cruelty; sometimes she still wakes up screaming. But! She’s turned it all around and launched an environmentally friendly feminine brand that is being sold in stores and comes in plus sizes. She has gotten bills put on the table and passed for the good of the people- not corporations and institutions. She is letting the world know what America “land of the free” is doing to its incarcerated population which is the highest rate in the world. She is also exposing other systemic abuse and corruption that effects Americans every day. She is sharing her healing journey and what she has learned about her own trauma and mental health.