Katelyn Johnson is Executive Director of Action Now, a grassroots community organization working to build power and fight for racial, social and economic justice in low-income Black communities in Chicago. She is also Co-executive director of the Blackroots Alliance. She graduated from North Park University in 2004 and has dedicated her career to addressing issues of systemic oppression and developing grassroots leaders.
Legal Weed Is Great, But Black and Brown Communities Can’t Be Left Behind
Marijuana legalization must bring both equity and justice for those most impacted by the War on Drugs.
The Police Will Keep Killing Us Until We Stop Criminalizing Blackness and Poverty
The murder of Harith “Snoop” Augustus by Chicago police is the latest reminder that we must hold our elected officials accountable for upholding a system that devalues Black life.
For Laquan McDonald and All Victims of Police Brutality, We Have To Win
If the progressive movement can't organize itself to fight back against racism and injustice in Chicago and around the country, police murders like those of Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray and Rekia Boyd will never stop.