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5 Questions for Atlanta Activist Eva Dickerson

Eva Dickerson describes herself as an urban cyclist, an Aquarius, and a second-year economics major at Spelman College. She lives in Atlanta, where she plays, learns, and loves among other ATLiens dedicated to eradicating systems of oppression. When she’s not organizing, she loves to adventure in her city and around the rest of the world.

Describe yourself in a six-word sentence.
An Aquarius, with all that entails.

What was the last thing you shared on social media?
#AnteBellum is a student and community organizing training.

It’s not the last thing I shared, but at the time of this email it is my pinned tweet

What do you think is the main challenge facing LGBTQ people in your community?
I live in a very black city, Atlanta, and yet our LGBTQ community suffers from severe transphobia. We’re working on it. Last weekend, I attended the #March4TheGurlz, organized by Atlanta’s black transwomen. It was well-attended, but not the way our other events and organizing spaces are.

What is your favorite LGBTQ business where you live?
SnapCo is a not-for-profit organizing body here in Atlanta that builds power among those most harmed and targeted by Atlanta Police Department, namely queer and trans black people of color.

What advice do you have for people looking to be just like you?
People think that there’s some kind of organizing guide book. The best way to organize is to just do it. Don’t wait for someone to teach you to do it the right way, because there is no right way. There’s just the work and the people who are willing to put their fear, ego, and other inhibitions aside to just get it done. It’s scary, but it is transformative, and once the process is undertaken, you will realize you have the power to do anything – regardless of whether or not someone is there to hold your hand and show you the way.

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