Name: Justine Williams :: Occupation: Creator-Performer, Educator :: Age: 40 :: City: Brooklyn :: Astrological sign: Cancer (sun), Aries (moon), Aquarius (rising)
First gig: In 6th grade, I organized two big events: a protest outside my elementary school to speak out about poor teacher contracts and a community dance in the local town hall called, My First Dance. My work as an artist-activist is still some combo of these two things. This all went down before the internet, so organizing them involved elaborate phone trees and hand-made paper invitations.
To cope with a long commute: Audiobooks of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower
Most important failure: Throwing out my back while working on a durational performance project that involved moving large pieces of lumber around for 4 hours. Self-care is important!
Personal role model: Grace Lee Boggs (June 27, 1915 – October 5, 2015), Chinese-American, Detroit-based social activist, writer, philosopher "The time has come for us to reimagine everything. We have to reimagine work and go away from labor. We have to reimagine revolution and get beyond protest. We have to think not only about change in our institutions, but changes in ourselves. We are at the stage where the people in charge of the government and industry are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. It’s up to us to reimagine the alternatives and not just protest against them and expect them to do better." READ: http://www.reimaginerpe.org/19-2/boggs
Best thing you ever made: Maybe not my best, but probably my favorite - I created a surreal theater-cum-cinema inside an ordinary box truck called the David Lunch Movie Truck. We had real movie seats, concessions like severed chocolate ears and blue velvet cupcakes, and we showed newly unearthed, found film footage from David Lunch’s secret vaults.
The future: radical empathy, rage baking, living off the grid, local action, a sense of humor
What's next: More Queer Scouts. We’re recruiting
Ladies we should know: Here’s a few gems: Erin Markey, Adaku Utah, Toshi Reagon, Ala Dehghan