Amsterdam Black Women Collective
When I moved to Amsterdam in 2013 I struggled to find and connect with other women of color. It was hard to feel a sense of belonging. Amsterdam Black Women (ABW) is an organization I co-founded in 2016 with three other black women having a similar challenge. The organization is a network of Black women from across the diaspora living in Amsterdam. As one of the co-founders I helped conceptualize, build, and grow this organization from the ground up. Currently ABW has an event space, a growing membership of over 1000 and a regularly rotating schedule of events.
Amsterdam Babysitting Cooperative
Something I really missed when I left Brooklyn was the babysitting cooperative I was a part of. I missed belonging to a community of mothers so I set out to build one. I put a call out for parents in Amsterdam and 30 parents signed up. I researched different models of babysitting cooperatives. I created a mailing list, bylaws, membership guidelines and processes. Though we managed to get it off the ground in the end, the cooperative didn’t last long. The lesson I learned from this failure was the importance of building trust and buy in before asking for commitment from a group of disassociated folks.
Brooklyn Movement Center
In 2011, I was hired as the first Communications Organizer and one of three employees of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) - a Black-led, membership-based organization dedicated to building power and self-determination in the neighborhoods in Brooklyn. I developed and implemented the organizations communications strategy from scratch. I also engineered and executed their brand identity. I built engagement with interactive and visually appealing social media campaigns. Through BMC I learned how to use digital tools and multimedia to inform, activate and mobilize community members and policy makers to take action on ongoing community issues such as street harassment, police brutality and gentrification.
Square Rootz Collective
The first thing I ever built was called Square Rootz back in 2007. Square Rootz was an “online community space” back when we didn’t know what to call such things. We created content highlighting “the goodies of the underworld” (lolz) for black and brown people living in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. We wrote and edited the blog, managed a team of freelance bloggers and organized events in both cities.