Take Action Advocacy Group (formerly known as Take Action Mon Valley) Freedom Fellowship for BIPOC residents of Allegheny County. The fellowship was a partnership with Movement 4 Black Lives and focused on collectively training, developing, and building power with 100 Fellows in 10 towns and cities.
Fellows attended training on organizing, abolition, ableism, canvassing, and action plans, etc. In addition, they hit the streets to canvas, do lit drops, phone calls, and community events around voter engagement, chapter building, and advocating against police violence (rooted in defunding & abolition). We worked throughout the Mon Valley. In McKeesport/Duquesne; Clairton/West Mifflin; North Versailles/Pitcairn/East Pittsburgh and Braddock/Swissvale. Check out our fellows. If interested in participating in one of our future fellowships or joining a chapter email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terrance is a community leader, organizer, and Co-Founder of Project Matters (PM). PM is a community organization that advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Tanisha is a community leader and organizer for the Abolitionist Law Center. She’s the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, RE Visions that focuses on educational awareness in minority communities.
Felicia, or D’Rock as she is affectionately known, is a longtime community leader, activist and Co-Founder of the first pride event that was done in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County.
Mequel is a longtime community leader, organizer and Co-Founder of Project Matters (PM) and Project Silk. PM is a community organization that advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Denyne Pollard is a proud voter, activist, and community leader. She diligently invests her time and efforts into empowering communities.
Michael is a community leader and volunteer with various local nonprofits.
Alexis is a community leader and organizer for the Alliance for Police Accountability. She’s the founder of All Things Lexury LLC. A business that focuses on hair and clothing apparel etc.
Fred went to the University of Pittsburgh, received his Master’s degree, and has been working in social services for over 25 years, 20 of those years at Children, Youth and Families (CYF). He loves the Northside and has lived there for 27 years. Fred plays an active role in his community, volunteering at Urban Impact, Pittsburgh Project, Northshore Stallions little league football, and Allegheny Center Alliance Church. He saw a need for housing and the understanding of homeownership among the African American community and the poor. This compelled him to get his real estate license, with the goal of helping to bring awareness, understanding, and security to the process for the Black community.
Mary Nesby is a longtime community leader and Homestead Councilwoman. She was re-elected to her second term in office this past election. Mary is also the Vice President of council. Ms. Nesby runs a professional mobile notary service out of the Entrepreneurial Women’s Incubator known as the Hollander Building. She’s all about community leadership, youth mentoring, entrepreneurship, and networking. Mary is always looking for new ways to teach others and share her knowledge and experiences as much possible.
Chardaé is a writer, volunteer, community leader and former Mayor of Braddock, PA. She’s presently running for City Council in Braddock.
Christine Perry loves to inspire and help out communities. She believes that as a community we can continue to provide support, if we all work together. Christine has participated in various volunteer opportunities and appreciates the leaders that have inspired her journey.