James Williams is a proud father, Youth Advocate, and Organizing Director for Got Green. James was born in Jackson, MS and also lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Idlewild, Michigan while growing up. James studied English and Literature at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. After school, he worked as a labor organizer helping Public Sector workers in Southern States form unions to improve conditions in the workplace. A year after Hurricane Katrina, James moved back to New Orleans where he volunteered with organizations such as Common Ground Collective and Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund on issues such as housing, police accountability, and right to return. In 2011, James moved across the country to accept Senior Organizer position with SEIU 775. Since then James has worked with W. Haywood Burns Institute around transforming juvenile justice systems (reducing disparities and increasing use of community-led alternatives), co-chaired EPIC (Ending Prison Industrial Complex) and helped lead the No New Youth Jail Movement (2013-2016), and chaired Seattle’s Annual MLK March & Rally (2015). In his free time, James enjoys time with family, live music, building community, reading and writing.
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