About

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  • I believe in people and in humanity’s ability to create a world that is for everyone, a world that is inclusive, intersectional, holistic, and just.

  • Though it will not come easily or quickly, I know this world is coming.

  • So, all of my work, whether it is the personal work of bringing peace and congruency to my own spirit and home or the professional work of engaging individuals and communities in social change, is geared toward making that world a reality.

  • Because I know that this world will need the visionaries, artists, creatives, educators, organizers, and those who have the courage and integrity to give birth to new ways of being, I work within and in service to these powerful communities.

  • Though I have been involved in numerous projects and worked with many groups, all my work is centered on the business of using creative approaches to bring about personal liberation and social transformation.

  • I believe deeply in this work, this world, and all the dedicated people who make it possible.


My Professional Background

Experience

2014 – 2016

Women’s Educational Center (WEC) - University of Michigan - Flint

2014 – 2016

Advisory Board Member

Job Description

Responsible for strengthening the Women's Educational Center by serving as a resource and providing the Director with general direction consistent with the mission, while ensuring transparency and accountability, and protecting the Center's autonomy.

2009-Present

RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness

2009-Present

Co - Founder & Executive Director

Job Description

RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness is an award - winning nonprofit organization that promotes youth engagement, expression, and empowerment through performance, literary arts, and social activism. Responsibilities include grant writing, grant making, fundraising, donor cultivation, program/curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, staff management, building coalitions and collaborative partnerships that increase sustainability of organization and organizing initiatives that serve youth and their families in Flint, Genesee County, and beyond.

2002-2009

Salem Housing Community Development Corporation

2002-2009

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Job Description

Responsible for neighborhood outreach, community organizing, curriculum development, and providing support, education, and resources for families with low incomes wanting to become first - time homebuyers. Also, developed and provided training for neighborhood block clubs and small businesses seeking to secure funding and resources for grassroots initiatives.

Recognitions, Residencies, & Delegations

2016

Black Organizing for Racial Justice Communications Series

2016 & 2017

African - American Policy Forum #BreakingTheSilence Summer Camp

2015

The Sybyl Atwood Award

2015

Children’s Priority Champion Award – RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness

2014

The Windcall Institute - Windcall Residency

2012

Detroit Pistons’ Come Together Foundation – Community Impact Awardee

2008

National Hip Hop Political Convention
– Up & Coming Social Justice Activist Award

Performances, Speaking Engagements, Publications

2005
Published

"DNA: Does Not Adhere”,
IMAGN: Increasing Minority Awareness of Genetics Now
by John Hopkins Genetic and Public Policy Center and the Black Congressional Caucus

2005
Performer

National Poetry Slam

2009 - Present
Blogger

www.natashathomasjackson.org

2011
Speaker

TEDxFlint and TEDxMuskegon

2011
Published

“The Individual Revolution: Applying Carl Jung to Practical Activism, AlterNet

2011
Published

“Is Beyonce’s New Video Feminist”, AlterNet

2015
Panelist

State of Black Women in Michigan Conference hosted by Black Women’s Roundtable

2016
Performer

#JusticeForFlint hosted by Blackout For Human Rights Collective

2016
Member

Black Women’s Roundtable Delegation at the White House

2016
Published

“The Impossibility of Loving Prince While Hating Queerness”, The Body is Not an Apology

2016
Panelist

African - American Women and the Law Conference

2016
Performer

#SayHerName: An Evening of Arts hosted by the African American Policy Forum

2016
Performer

Many Rivers Social Justice Music Festival hosted by Harry Belafonte & Sankofa.org

2017
Collaborator

RAISE IT UP!, Paris Jackson, & Teen Vogue Magazine

2017
Published

“RAISE IT UP!”, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative & Relational Ethnic Studies Vol.4, No. 1 - Temple University Press on behalf of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research