On June 21st, I stood below the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. alongside hundreds of participants in the first annual Free Her Rally. Many of us had shared experiences of wrongdoing at the hands of the criminal justice system and it was no coincidence that many of us were black women. The reason for the […]
About Julia Johnson
Julia Johnson is a 22 year old Pittsburgh native and activist. She began her career working on social justice issues in 2008 with the Student Conservation Association helping to build and repair trails for State and local forests. She was a founding member of a local NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law) chapter in Pittsburgh and worked as the Director of Operations there until December of 2013. She was president of the University of Pittsburgh chapter of NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2010-2012 and has volunteered for women's rights organizations such as the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh and New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice. Currently, she volunteers for PA Advocates for MMJ, an advocacy group for the legalization of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania and is chairing the Outreach Committee for the 7th Annual Women's Walk for Peace, organized by the North Side Coalition for Fair Housing. This fall, she hopes to create a chapter of Families for Justice as Healing, the organization responsible for the Free Her Rally, in the Pittsburgh area. Julia is also an advocate for LGBT rights, environmental conservation, and much more. A proud, born and raised Pittsburgher, she lives with her boyfriend and their cat, Monkey in the South Side.