Our Team

 
 
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Kayla Reed - Co-Director

Kayla Reed (she/her) is a 28 year old Black, queer, activist and organizer from St. Louis, Missouri. The Ferguson Uprising catapulted Kayla into activism. She’s worked on campaigns to redefine public safety from an oppressive policing force to a holistic investment model. She also worked on legislative campaigns resulting in the passing of civilian oversight and the city’s policy on racial equity. In addition to leading Action St. Louis, Kayla also co-founded the Electoral Justice Project (EJP) of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), which seeks to build Black political power for our movement. Kayla founded Action St. Louis, a millennial Black-led collective working to build the Black  political power necessary to transform our communities.. Kayla has been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and VICE News and was recognized as one of CNN's Disruptors and by Delux Magazine in their inaugural Power 100. Follow Kayla on twitter/IG @iKaylaReed.

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Michelle Higgins - Co-Director

Michelle Higgins is a founding member of Faith for Justice. She is an organizer, administrator and worship leader. She serves with Action Saint Louis, the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives, and directs worship for South City Church in Saint Louis. Michelle can also be heard on the podcast Truth's Table. She earned an M.Div at Covenant Theological Seminary and currently works for campaigns centering Black radicalism in prison abolition and building political power. She lives with her family in Saint Louis city, their hometown. Follow Michelle on twitter @AfroRising.

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Michael Milton

Michael Milton is lead bail disrupter for The Bail Project, an organization committed to end cash bail policies in hopes of decriminalizing poverty. Mike serves in various capacities across the city of St. Louis, including with Action St. Louis as a committee member and with different WorkDay projects with local churches and organizations. To learn more about Michael, follow him on Facebook.

 
 
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Vennekia Williams

Venneikia S. Williams is responsible for coordinating programs and content for Faith for Justice. In addition to being a budding worship leader and community organizer, Venneikia is also a sociologist whose reading and writing interests lie within the intersections of race, gender, and faith. She serves as a committee member for Action St. Louis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently completing a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mia Bible

Mia Bible is as committee member in Action STL. After Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin & Mike Brown were murdered, she was tired of being reactionary with no direction. Mia is also an actor and abolitionist who focuses her purpose on a life of service to impacted people and artistic communities of color. She has worked on campaigns that aim to free black people.

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Jay-Marie Hill

A sought after musician, educator and "creative mind asking the questions that will shape the future of culture" Jay-Marie (they/them/Holy) is a Black, Boricua, GenderQueer California-bred activist and consultant committed to the intersections of healing, revolutionary music and queer political work and helping shape what freedom looks like for the next generation.

 
 
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Karissa Anderson

Karissa loves people, tacos, and music - in no particular order. She also has a keen interest in people-centered politics, macro-level social work, and traveling. With training in communications, social work, and organizing, Karissa uses her skills to try and make the world a better place, as corny as that sounds. She studied Communications at Southeast Missouri State University and earned a MSW from Saint Louis University. Karissa manages Action St. Louis’ communications functions including design and social media. Her goal for working with Action St. Louis is to build black and brown political power with the ultimate goal of building self-governing communities. Karissa values community building, young people, and authentic relationships.

 
 
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Devonn thomas

Devonn is a Virgo, first and foremost. She is also a third-year student at Saint Louis University studying African American Studies with a focus in Critical Race Theory. Devonn organizes for the liberation of Black and Brown folks on Action St. Louis’ Close the Workhouse campaign. Along with her work on the Close the Workhouse campaign, Devonn also implores her team members to consider the emotions that drive their labor. In the future, she plans to see the abolition of the carceral state, exalt in the opening of all borders, celebrate the freedom of Palestine and finally get her driver’s license.

 
 
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Rodney Brown

Rodney Brown is a Saint Louis native whose activism is rooted in the liberation of all Black people. His interest in electoral politics began with election of Barack Obama but transformed during the Ferguson Uprising. Since the murder of Mike Brown, he has been active in community efforts to hold the state accountable for police brutality and all forms of oppression against Black and Brown queer folks. During 2018, Rodney was accepted as a Fellow for the Movement 4 Black Lives, Electoral Justice League. The focus of his fellowship was the #ByeBob campaign. #ByeBob was a successful effort to oust 27-year incumbent County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who failed to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson in the murder of Mike Brown. Rodney has helped organize several #WokeVoterSTL events that have proved effective in increasing political engagement and education among young, black, St. Louisians.