Jawanza Williams
Published June 22, 2021

Jawanza Williams is a social justice activist and the director of organizing for VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization that advocates for social reform. He is a founding member of the Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, a division of the Democratic Socialists of America.   

Williams’ work addresses LGBTQIA+ and youth housing insecurity, police and prison abolition, HIV/AIDS and mass incarceration. He organizes campaigns, demonstrations and community programs with VOCAL-NY, and previously worked with Queerocracy and True Colors United.

He spearheaded the June 2020 Occupy City Hall protests in New York that gathered hundreds of protesters and preceded the City Council’s $1 billion budget cuts to the NYPD. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation and Vice.

Williams was awarded an Everyday Hero Award from NYC’s Citizen Action in 2019. He is an alumnus of the Public Allies of New York, which trains professional organizers and supports community-based nonprofits. He earned his B.A. in English from Schreiner University. 

Courtesy of Jawanza Williams

Pronouns: He/him

Expertise: LGBTQIA+ youth; housing insecurity; police abolition; social reform

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Email: jawanza@vocal-ny.org or jawanzajameswilliams@gmail.com 

Phone: (917) 488-4961

Twitter: @Jawanza 

Listen to Jawanza Williams: VOCAL-NY’s 2021 #VOCALvaccinated town hall

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