Artist: Ciara Taylor
Medium: Painting, Visual Art
Project: We Cry Justice
We Cry Justice – Chapter 6: Of the Poor, For the Poor
Ciara Taylor is the Cultural Strategies Organizer and Educator for the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, working across the program areas of Culture and Communications and Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development – to help produce cultural resources, develop curriculum, and build network relationships that will shift the narrative about racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and Christian nationalism and build power among poor and low-income people across the country and world.
In addition to her responsibilities with the Kairos Center, Ciara is an educator and organizer with the Popular Education Project, the University of the Poor, the National Welfare Rights Union, the National Union of the Homeless, and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Cali born and Southern-raised, Ciara moved to New York City in 2017 to launch the People’s Forum, a working-class international movement incubator in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and later worked with CODEPINK: Women for Peace as the Director of Cultural Strategy.
Ciara first became politically active in high school in opposition to the Iraq War and in 2012 she co-founded the Dream Defenders, a Florida-based youth-led organization that emerged after the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. In her time on staff with Dream Defenders, Ciara served as the Political Director and later as the Director of Political Consciousness, leading the organization’s leadership development and political education process.
You can catch Ciara on “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism”, a podcast with BreakThrough News and as an artist with Subversive Activities.