Marlene Paez Dukes
“When you trip, your community will lift you back up!”
April shared with us her background in community organizing and activism, urging us to truly stop and think about what our community can look like and re-imagine what is possible. “To be liberated, is to be your human-ass self… keep responding…and when you trip, your community will lift you back up.” Through poetry, photos, and personal insight, April electrified and motivated attendees to work together for the collective good, sharing with the audience how organizing works and the causes that are important to her—ending mass incarceration with The People’s Lobby in Chicago, Illinois. April is working to abolish systems of injustice. “People do not belong in cages,” said April, “Jails are petri dishes of disaster… and [we] need to call out companies that are using inmates as slave labor.” Instead of being insecure, she asked our community to have the belief and hope that we can all create something good together.
Graphic by @letskeepdrawing