30 Under 30, Class of ’18: Ashleigh Eubanks, Food Justice Organizer

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Age: 27

Neighborhood: Bed-Stuy

Most Likely to: Have a deep and heartfelt conversation with you upon meeting you

Favorite Quote: “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” – James Baldwin

Ashleigh Eubanks is a woman of few words. Not because she has nothing to say, but because there’s so much that needs to be done—and she’s doing it. She’s an instrumental member of the Audre Lorde Project’s Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective, an anti-violence program led by and for LGBTQs of color, “devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies.” With work so heavily concerned about the vulnerability of the body, it makes sense that her life’s work roots itself with what we put in them. As a food justice organizer, she advocates for healthier and affordable food access for the central Brooklyn community, and spends her free time organizing community knowledge shares around food preservation and healthy food preparation. Ashleigh commits herself to this work because she understands that the revolution doesn’t need to be televised to be properly fed.

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