Fresco Steez is a community organizer, educator, and aesthetic designer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is honored to be an organizer with Black Youth Project 100. She has fought for freedom with young Black people for over a decade. Fresco organizes for liberation through a Black Queer feminist lens and is committed to dismantling anti-Blackness through a systemic approach to the issues that impact Black communities. She’s worked on campaigns to end mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. She deeply believes in building an alternative practice to the carceral state with tools like restorative and transformative justice, and she’s lead multiple campaigns around dismantling the school to prison pipeline to reimagine the education system for young Black people. Fresco has served as a youth legal advocate for the Know Your Rights Project, a Junior Grant Officer for the Chicago Crossroads Fund, and a coder and analytics scientist with Code for Progress. Fresco is inspired by unapologetically Black political heroes like Assata Shakur, Ella Baker, Audre Lorde, and Harriet Tubman. She is rooted in the fight for Black Liberation and freedom for all oppressed people and provides an intersectional young, Black, queer, analysis to the struggle for justice in local and national political climates. Her relentless passion for transformative justice guides her work towards decriminalizing Blackness in America. She currently creates as the Digital Strategist for BYP100.
This May Day we’re releasing Rona Report 2.0, a comparative narrative analysis of the inaugural Rona Report we released a year ago where we explored