Johnetta “Netta” Elzie

Activist, Writer


Johnetta “Netta” Elzie is a protester and organizer, born and raised in St. Louis, who became known for her online and offline activism and organizing in Ferguson in August 2014. Since then, Johnetta Elzie has worked to organize toward sustainable change. Johnetta sat on the planning team for both and, which provide police accountability and organizer resources. In August 2015, Elzie helped launch Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to address police violence in the United States. Johnetta believes that Michael Brown and the uprising in Ferguson forever changed her life.  Her writing, “A Poem About the Women’s March“, has been featured by Teen Vogue. Her work as an activist has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, The LA Times, and O Magazine, among others. Featured on the cover of Essence Magazine’s February 2016 Black Girl Magic issue, activism has changed the trajectory of Netta’s life. She was also named as one of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet by Time and Forbes 2017 #30Under30 list.

TOPICS: Activism, Women & Girls of Color, Politics, Policy, LGBTQIA+

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