Toni-Michelle Williams

Racial Justice Action Center
Toni-Michelle Williams is a community organizer and advocate for black trans justice and liberation! She serves as the Leadership Development and Programs Coordinator for the Solutions NOT Punishment Coalition (SNaP Co) in Atlanta, GA. With SnaP Co she successfully launched the Trans Leadership Connection internship program (TLC) in 2015. In 2016, the program released “The Most Dangerous Thing Out Here is the Police,” a report on trans people’s experiences with Atlanta Police Department. Toni-Michelle is best known for her infectious smile, loving spirit and dedication to her community.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Black Trans Everything!: Cultivating a Culture of Resilience

Black Trans people have been the targets of intimate partner, stranger-based, and state violence for a long time. There has been recent heightened exposure of this violence, as highlighted through the expansiveness of Black Lives Matter! Movements, through national trans liberation days, and even through mainstream media. The conversation however, rarely includes the resiliency of Black Trans people. The wealth of resilience strategies and healing tools of Black Trans people will be the focus of this session. Participants will leave with a "medicine bag" of tools. The workshop will include making a collective altar and tribute to our trancestors, a self-love selfies photo booth where people can post their pics on an Instagram account that we create, a short presentation about Atlanta's Pre-Arrest Diversion program, and creating a "medicine bag" of healing tools and resilience strategies that will be collected and emailed out later.

Speakers: Holiday Simmons, Toni-Michelle Williams