Jawanza James Williams

Community Organizer, Campaigner, and Politics in Brooklyn

Jawanza James Williams

Community Organizer, Campaigner, and Politics in Brooklyn

I am a Black, radical Queer, Prison Abolitionist, Socialist, Feminist, Christian engaged in social critique, local, and state politics in New York.

I am originally from Beaumont, Texas. I received a BA in English from Schreiner University in 2012 before moving to New York City, where I now work with the VOCAL-NY as the Director of Organizing.

I am a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a founding member of the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus.

I am an alumni of Public Allies of New York, and Center for Neighborhood Leadership, organizations dedicated to training professional Organizers, and increasing the capacity of nonprofit community based organizations.

I've worked on LGBTQ youth homelessness issues both through VOCAL-NY and Queerocracy, a youth organizing project. I worked primarily on engaging directly impacted youth in leadership development activities and campaigned to address structural barriers to being housed and anti-LGBTQ sentiments.

I was also a True Colors Fund 40 of the 40 Fellow in 2016, where I helped address LGBTQ youth homelessness nationally.

I am also a writer and aspiring filmmaker.

Media featuring me:

New York Times

How the Floyd Protests Turned Into a 24-Hour ‘Occupy City Hall’ in N.Y.

Have Americans Warmed to Calls to 'Defund the Police'?

'Black Leadership Matters': Why a Radical Rift Is Growing Among N.Y. Democrats

The Nation: New York's City Hall Encampment Is a Middle Finger to Our Elected Leaders

VICE: New York's City Hall Occupation Envisions a World Without Police

Kings County Politics: Occupiers Take on NYPD at City Hall

Slate Magazine: 'Next time we probably won't stop at a public space'


Citizen Action of New York 2019 Everyday Hero Award

2020 Village Independent Democrats Honor for Progressive Activism

  • Education
    • Schreiner University
    • Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School