Community Organizer + Educator + Poet
[ gender pronouns: they ]
Z Bell (pronouns they/them/their(s)) believes in the power of organizing, political education, poetry and spirit as the roots for growing self-love, community-care and liberation. They graduated from Barnard College in 2015 and currently work at Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center as a Youth Organizer and Educator. Z is passionate about transformative justice and building true leadership within deep community relationships - they are committed to strategizing towards a freedom future based in love and justice. Z is a poet, acoustic singer-songwriter, zine-maker and hip-hop lover. You might be surprised that Z loves fishing and rugby. You might not be surprised that Z spends a lot of time with Grandma (and Mom at the altar). Unapologetically Black, fat, (gender)queer, depressed and still here, you’ll most likely catch them wearing big headphones at the local park, sipping ginger tea and writing upside-down in their journal.
Z’s background is rooted in grassroots community organizing, training/facilitation and radical political/popular education. They co-Founded The PREST Movement in 2017 and currently work with CT-CORE doing training, community-wellness and local anti-oppression justice work. Before coming back to their hometown, New Haven, Z graduated from Public Allies New York through the Center for Neighborhood Leadership’s Organizing Apprenticeship program. They’ve led political education efforts with Brooklyn Movement Center and as a Fellow in the TransJustice program of Audre Lorde Project, they focused on community-based safety systems as well as creating leadership development opportunities for queer, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. Further, they have worked with The National LGBTQ Task Force on immigration justice, and while in New York, they worked with Black Youth Project 100 on healing justice and political education training efforts. Z has done oral history work with the United Food and Commercial Workers though the OurWalmart campaign, and has worked with Harriet’s Apothecary regarding radical healing and spirituality.
~ be safe ~
~ be well ~
[ Do All Things with Love ]