Barni Axmed Qaasim
Barni (she/her) is a filmmaker and communications specialist who is committed to amplifying the work of communities on the frontline of social justice movements. In her role as Digital Strategist, Barni works to capture stories and develop tools to amplify the work of Solidaire donor organizers.
Before coming to Solidaire Barni was the Digital Organizing Director for Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, a grassroots organization working to close youth prisons and build youth leaders. Barni co-founded Devlabs and helped to launch a venture capital fund investing in Indigenous software companies in southern Chile. Barni worked as a communications consultant for grassroots organizations such as Puente Arizona, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and the Somali Association of Arizona. She has directed independent documentary features and shorts including Catching Babies, Youth on the Dividing Line, and A Little Ribirth. Barni was the production director for Third World Majority, a women of color media collective training grassroots organizers about media production and digital security. Barni holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Masters of Arts in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication.
What Liberation Means to Barni
Tell us why you do what you do.
My parents come from very different backgrounds, but have both fought for justice and toward social justice all their lives. Storytelling and technology are the tools I use to continue my parents work to envision a just and sustainable world. My work is rooted in the philosophy that those most impacted by injustice are capable, strong, and the most qualified to tell their own stories. I am inspired by the strength and resilience of all people fighting for justice.
What’s most important to you about being part of Solidaire?
I have spent two decades working with directly impacted communities fighting for immigrant rights and racial justice. Since my work in venture capital, I have been searching for ways to not only challenge injustice, but to create new systems that are sustainable. I came to Solidaire to work with a team that is committed to building healthy relationships while redistributing wealth.
What does liberation mean to you?
Liberation means that all people are free to live as their authentic selves in harmony with Mother Earth. Liberation means every human being is unfettered from oppressive states and poverty, so that we can heal our trauma and flourish collectively.