Born and bred in the Bay Area, MJ (they/them) is an artist, abolitionist, community organizer and gang member turned activist after surviving the horrors of growing up in the criminal injustice system. MJ is on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission in San Mateo County and is a Founding Board Member with the organization Pride In Truth. MJ is the Co-Founder & Community Outreach Coordinator with the Underground Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz. They are the first in their family to attend higher education and after recently earning their BA in Psychology with a minor in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz, they have joined the Coleman team as a Youth Organizer with YMAC. Through the development of a critical consciousness, MJ strives to put the weaponization of their mind into action, sharing political education and organizing with grassroots movements in their communities and beyond, pushing a hard line for justice and transformational healing while watering revolutionary seeds of resistance.