Movement Partnerships & Grantmaking Practitioner
Jas (they/elle) has over 16 years as a frontline organizer in communities most impacted by state violence, political repression, policing and the criminalization of survival. They have worked as an organizer and healing justice practitioner in organizations & collectives working toward racial justice, Black & trans liberation, educational justice, and movement toward land and food sovereignty. Jas has served on coordination teams for free wellness clinics throughout Los Angeles county, healing justice summer series outside of Los Angeles county jails, as well as rapid response and mutual aid networks for emerging community needs and care.
They have been in practice as a grower/farmer & medicine maker for the last 9 years. Their journey into plant medicine and farming emerged as both a call toward deeper healing and a movement commitment to nourish the adaptability and agency of directly impacted communities. They deeply believe in the power & practice of building authentic, accountable and loving relationships to sustain and grow collective power toward liberated futures. Centering decolonial frameworks to open, recover and strengthen pathways towards justice with liberated imagination!
What Liberation Means to Jas
Tell us why you do what you do.
Liberation is life’s work and joy.
What’s most important to you about being part of Solidaire?
I was inspired to join Solidaire’s team because of their clear & practiced commitment to mobilizing resources to the frontlines of our movements, and the approach to this critical work is informed by thoughtful values and principles.
What does liberation mean to you?
Liberation is a practice of conscious or deliberate choosing. Liberation is body autonomy and ecological justice. Liberation is freedom from violence and forced labor. Liberation is honoring all life as sacred. Liberation is natural and it is ancestral. It is our birthright.