Jae Shepherd (they/them) is a 28-year-old Black, queer, non-binary, messy- work-in-progress passionate about the liberation and healing of all Black people, twerkin, and staying hydrated. Jae is the Abolition Organizer at Action St. Louis, a grassroots organization that seeks to build power for Black people in the St. Louis region. In this role, Jae leads the campaign to Close the Workhouse, a hellish jail in St. Louis City. The campaign focuses on closing the jail and reinvesting that money into communities impacted by over-policing and other forms of violence. Jae is also the lead organizer on the new campaign to defund SLMPD.
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