Each night from January 11 to January 14, we will host a moderated conversation for students and employees featuring a Capital Region-based Black/POC Woman or Marginalized Gender (MaGe) activist. Speakers will address their own connection to the work of racial justice and civil rights, then have time for questions and answers.
Amy Jones lives and breathes activism in all its forms. Serving as Community Organizer, she coordinates advocacy efforts around state legislation through a racial justice lens. Amy heads multiple efforts: Women of Color, criminal justice reform, and re-entry initiatives for formerly incarcerated individuals. Amy led the organizing efforts for Albany’s first-ever BlackOut Festival, commemorating the significance of Black August and most recently the Albany March for Black Lives where there were 7,000 people in attendance. She coordinates direct-giving for Black and Brown women in need, was instrumental in organizing the Albany Women of Color March in January 2019, and has moderated and sat on multiple equity and justice-focused panels locally and beyond. As a woman who was formerly incarcerated and has herself battled addiction, Amy is unwavering in her fight for freedom, equity, and treating all people with dignity and the utmost sense of humanity.