This week on the podcast, Leslie Mac, social justice activist and co-founder and creative director of Safety Pin Box, a subscription box service for white allies, talks about the phenomenon of women tearing other women down and further what white women can do to support their black femme peers in entrepreneurship and startup. Leslie gives some tips on how to do that and we talk about the history of mistreatment between women and how to take steps to move past this behavior.
Leslie also talks about her unique experience of starting a business with a social justice focus. She’s definitely in a unique position, considering many women who have start social justice organizations go nonprofit, but what we find out in our conversation is that the being a business gives her a grander opportunity to support the values, beliefs, and missions of the organization and get more done for black women across the country.
Leslie is a Brooklyn-born activist, organizer, and writer. Her work is dedicated to Black lives and liberation. She founded the Ferguson Response Network as a means of connecting activists nationwide, and is a Founding Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).
Leslie helped organize multiple high profile national actions/events, including the National Movement of Silence (NMOS 14) in Philadelphia, the Movement for Black Lives Convening, Women’s Freedom Conference, #ReclaimMLK & #MLKSitIn. Her overall focus as an organizer is to provide both resources and structural support for Black Women millennials who are the leaders she has been waiting for her whole life.
She speaks nationally about the intersection of social media and social justice as well as facilitating movement organizing conversations around the country. She serves as Social Media Lead for Justice League NYC and Communications Lead for the Deep Abiding Love Project out of St. Louis, MO. She was also recently named to Essence Magazine’s list of 100 Woke Women & a 2017 Voice of The Year for Impact by BlogHer with her partner Marissa Jenae Johnson.