We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawn Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dawn, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Organizing is the gate way to real change. Many people think organizing is just volunteer based work, but it is a career for many. It is probably one of the most difficult roles in any political campaign, you have to know how to connect with people, how to galvanize them, you have to know exactly which strategy and tactics to use to get to your goal, you have to be extremely equip.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Innovative leader with a strong interest in liberating young black minds with political awareness. As an organizer for Beto for Texas in 2018, I was able to hone in on my community organizing skills and discover my true passion for student organizing and ground level community interaction. This led me to work for the Bernie Sanders 2020 Presidential Campaign as a National Student Organizing Desk. I believe in young people, I know that if young people are equip with the tools to effectively create change that they can confidently challenge the status quo, and I know that I can give them those tools. I am now an Organizer for Grassroots Law Project founded by Shaun King and Lee Merritt, where I run the student program. During the recent up-rise of the Black Lives Matter movement I have been training students to run campaigns in their school districts and college campuses to fight for racial justice, to end the criminalization of youth, and to invest in people and programs that support young people. This work is never easy for me, I am a real empath so i actually don’t take social justice issues well at all, but somehow I have been able to transfer those feelings into my work. I am driven because I feel, I relate, and I understand. That is what fuels me.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The historic Third Ward area is the best place to go if you are visiting Houston. I am vegan and there are so many vegan options, Green Seed Vegan is my favorite Restaurant, Third Ward also has restaurants like the Turkey Leg Hut that have gotten really popular. I like to walk to Emancipation Park often, and for drinks and fun I go to axelrad which is kid and pet friendly!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my activation to the book Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. I had always been a very out-spoken, opinionated woman. But prior to entering the political field I was somewhat unclear of what direction I would go. This was right after the killing of Alton Sterling that was followed by the killing of Philando Castile, as we were moving into the 2016 Presidential Election that was centered by hate. I was mad. I was fed up. I was given the book Eloquent Rage as a gift, so i read it. Throughout the book she spoke about how she turned her rage into her superpower. Her anger, her black feminism, her unapologetic tone, was everything that I was. Eloquent. Rage. Shortly, after that I knew i would lead with that, lead with being my full self, which was mad with every right to be. I know it has been my passion for creating real change and my ability to be empathetic while doing this work that has allowed my career to flourish, and it continues to grow.

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