Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist currently residing in Philadelphia. She is an award-winning blogger and author of the popular novel, Push The Button. Her work centers Black American culture, critical race theory, intersectionality, women’s health and well-being (specifically in areas of mental and sexual health). Feminista has been featured in several publications, notably as a contributor to the New York Times, The Washington Post, EBONY, TIME, Essence, and SheKnows.

Feminista has been regularly featured on HuffPost Live and has appeared on C-SPAN and MSNBC. In 2013, Feminista was selected as a United Nations Foundation Fellow for her dynamic social media influence. In 2014, she launched a global anti-street harassment campaign (#YouOKSis) and a National Moment of Silence protesting police brutality (#NMOS14), both of which received international media attention. For this work, she was awarded the 2014 Black Weblog Award for Outstanding Online Activism and she was honored as one of the Top 100 Black Social Influencers by The Root. Feminista has presented and lectured at various conferences and universities including Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and The University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, she co-founded and served as General Director of the Women’s Freedom Conference, the first all-digital conference completely organized by and featuring only Women of Color. For her work, she was named one of SheKnows/BlogHer’s 2015 “Voices of the Year”. Feminista is also a mom, a mentor to young girls and women, and an outspoken advocate for the homeless, people living in poverty, and those living with psychiatric disabilities.

 

Leslie Mac

Leslie is a Brooklyn-born activist, organizer, and writer. Her work is dedicated to Black lives and liberation. She founded the Ferguson Response Network as a means of connecting activists nationwide, a Founding Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) and recently launched Safety Pin Box a subscription service for white allies.

Leslie helped organize multiple high profile national actions/events, including the National Movement of Silence (NMOS 14) in Philadelphia, the Movement for Black Lives Convening, Women’s Freedom Conference, #ReclaimMLK & #MLKSitIn. Her overall focus as an organizer is to provide both resources and structural support for Black Women millennials who are the leaders she has been waiting for her whole life.

She speaks nationally about the intersection of social media and social justice as well as facilitating movement organizing conversations around the country. She serves as Social Media Lead for Justice League NYC and Communications Lead for the Deep Abiding Love Project out of St. Louis, MO. She was also recently named to Essence Magazine's list of 100 Woke Women & a 2017 Voice of The Year for Impact by BlogHer with her Safety Pin Box partner Marissa Jenae Johnson.

 
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