Listen to Toni McNeil of Faith In the Valley San Joaquin share how community organizing can help youth create opportunity to disrupt their mindsets and make decisions while thinking of the bigger picture.
My name is Toni McNeil. I was born and raised in Stockton, California. I was raised, trained, cultivated, developed and well kept by the Concrete. I was the young girl rolling with the OG. I represent the passenger side of the car. I’m the ride or die, the confidant, the keeper of secrets, the holding place… and the well known friend… to the friend… of the friend.
I UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT THE POLITICS OF THE CONCRETE.
I am motivated by the raw energy, power, influence, and capacity of the survivors of this War on Poverty, War on Crime, War on Drugs, Prison Industrial Complex, and White Supremacist System that makes up the One percent elitist who run this Country on the backs of the People of Color within this society. I am motivated and driven by the sheer will of my people to dare to dream and reach for a change that they may not see within their lifetime.
I AM MOTIVATED AND DRIVEN BY MY GOD GIVEN LOVE FOR THE CONCRETE.
I am a Community Organizer with Faith In the Valley San Joaquin. I am the Head Coach/ Lead Organizer of the Stockton Concrete team and I lead the organizing efforts within Stockton for the Restorative Justice work within LiveFree & PICO California . I am the originator and facilitator of Anti-Black Conversations as well as the proud founder of my own LLC, Concrete Development~ Consulting & Leadership Development Training/Coaching/Mentoring/Group Facilitating.
My Community focus is: restorative justice, civic engagement, racial and systemic equity and leadership development.
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