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Spotlight: Ebony Ava Harper

This week we want to take a moment to acknowledge a brilliant visionary here in our community, who is working tirelessly to better the lives of trans folxs. Her name is Ebony Harper.

She is an award-winning, nationally-recognized, activist and humanitarian. She identifies as a Black trans woman (pronouns she/her/hers), and she has spent a good majority of her career fighting for justice and equality, not only for the transgender community, but for ALL the members of our community. Ebony currently serves as a Program Manager at Public Health Advocates (PHA), and as the Program Director for California TRANScends (which exists in partnership with PHA and the California Endowment). California TRANScends is a statewide initiative that works to promote the health and wellness of transgender people throughout the state of California.


SJPC sat down with Ebony to ask her more about what drives her fierce and unrelenting drive to take part in social justice activism.


What does social justice mean to you?

That we fight for those who don’t have a voice, that we provide a voice for those who can’t speak. Social justice to me means fighting for the most marginalized, it means changing the culture so that we create a more loving community.”


“It means giving the most marginalized an equal shot at life.”


“Social justice means dismantling all the systems that oppress people, including climate issues, which are strongly tied to racial injustice.”


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