Bella BAHHS will create Sister Survivor, a group designed to support young black women organizing to mitigate the impact of the criminal justice system on their lives.
Bella BAHHS (Black Ancestors Here Healing Society) is a granddaughter of the Great Migration, a native of Chicago’s West Side, and an emerging commentator on race, gender, and sexuality. She is also a “raptivist” who uses hip-hop and spoken word arts to give voice to black women most affected by violence, poverty, and criminalization. She codirects the #LetUsBreathe Collective, a youth-led, grassroots alliance of artists, media makers, and activists formed in the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown. As leader of the BAHHS Not Bars campaign, she has helped to galvanize young people nationwide to organize against prisons, police abuse, torture, and executions. BAHHS received her BA in corporate communications from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.