Jawanza James Williams

Community Organizer, Campaigner, and Politics in Brooklyn

Jawanza James Williams is a Black, radical Queer, Prison Abolitionist, Socialist, Feminist, Christian engaged in social critique, local, and state politics in New York.

He is a PhD Political Science student at the CUNY Graduate Center

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

Media featuring Williams:

New York Times

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

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

NY1 News: A Black Lives Matter activist reflects on a year of fighting for justice

NBC News: Forty years after first documented AIDS cases, survivors reckon with 'dichotomy of feelings'

amNY: Voting rights supporters cheer Cuomo’s resignation, then call for Congress to protect democracy across America

Awards and Acknowledgments:

  • Work
    • Dir. of Organizing, VOCAL-NY
  • Education
    • Schreiner University, BA English, 2012
    • Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School
    • CUNY Graduate Center