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Tanya Watkins is a mother, writer, Black womanist, community organizer and prison abolitionist originally from Chicago’s South Side. She is the executive director of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and serves on the executive board of BlackRoots Alliance.
Tynetta Hill-Muhammad (BYP 100) is a non-binary woman who lives in Chicago but is rooted in the South. She is a student at the University of Illinois in Chicago, studying Integrated Health Sciences. A community member, activist, and public health organizer, she is dedicated and passionate about eradicating the negative impacts of patriarchal violence on the social determinants of health. Her favorite work includes teaching StopTheBleed to mitigate the effects of gun violence in Black and Brown neighborhoods and Street Medic training for individuals who wish to go to a protest and know how to help protesters who are injured. Her organizing work has also opened up the opportunity for her to build mutual aid projects collectively with her community. She has researched health disparities, presenting a conference about the difference in access to care for Black breast cancer patients. She is passionate about food justice, education, and health disparities.
Toni-Michelle Williams is an auto-theorist, performance artist, embodied leadership/somatics coach and executive director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNAPCO). Grounded in humor and joy, she is a celebrated community organizer in prison abolition/ criminal (IN)justice reform issues and leadership development for Black transgender, LGBQ people, sex workers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), and Black youth. She has co- led city wide campaigns that has incubated the Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, cannibas reform, sex worker protections, Closing down the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC), and police accountability for the families of Alexia Christian, DeAundre Phillips, Tee Tee Dangerfield and Rayshard Brooks.