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Joela is the founder of the Stonewall Protests - a collective of organizers who center Black Trans Liberation by working towards the expansion of mutual aid, abolitionist teaching and anarchy. She is also a social media educator, creating posts that spread the truths we were not taught. Joela’s passion for abolition is not only rooted in the experiences she had being born and raised in the Bronx but by the wisdom she received being raised by her Puerto Rican and Trinidadian parents. She began her revolutionary work in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the rebirth of the Black Lives Matter Movement - with her central message being “abolition is liberation.” Through her work as an abolitionist, she found the strength and freedom to begin socially and medically transitioning. This freedom is what fuels her drive to spread radical love, hold people accountable, be compassionate, remain in humility and work towards the abolishment of police, militaries, governments and capitalism.

Joela-Abiona Rivera

Joela-Abiona Rivera

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