Kamau Franklin is the founder and Board President of Community Movement Builders, Inc. Kamau has been a dedicated community organizer for over twenty years, beginning in New York City and now based in the Atlanta, Georgia. For 18 of those years, Kamau was a leading member of a national grassroots organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and the teachings of Malcolm X. He has spearheaded activism over opportunities and issues including youth organizing and development, police misconduct, and the development of sustainable urban communities. Kamau has coordinated and led community cop-watch programs, freedom school programs for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs. He lives in Avondale, Georgia with his wife and two children.
Ashley Williams, Food Sustainability Director
Ashley Williams is an urban farmer and food sovereignty activist. She obtained her training from Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, where she successfully completed the challenging Urban Agriculture Training Course. She has worked as a Farmers Market Manager with Organix Matter and with Global Growers. Ashley is also a carpenter and designer by trade, and is passionate about food preservation such as canning and dehydration as a tool to curb food waste.
Kalonji Jama Changa, Organizing and Youth Director
Kalonji Jama Changa is an award-winning political activist. As the founder and national coordinator of the social justice organization FTP Movement, Kalonji has aided in the growth and development of programs such as International Feed The People, Urban Survival Preparedness Institute, Siafu Youth Corps, National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism, and Mama's Army, to name just a few. He is author of the bestselling book, "How to Build a People's Army" and co-producer of the documentary "Organizing is the New Cool". Kalonji has been featured on numerous media outlets including CNN, FOX and the BBC networks.