Melonie is an immigrant from Jamaica who has a long history of community engagement/ advocacy in the Boston area. Her work as a community organizer began in 2008 at City Life/ Vida Urbana, shortly after fighting off a post foreclosure eviction that allowed her and her 3 children to remain in their home.
She played a crucial role in building a base of community leaders that organize around housing displacement and gentrification in Greater Boston and Brockton. As lead organizer, she anchored national bank negotiations, shared the anti-displacement organizing model and coordinated mass mobilization and housing occupations. Much of this work happened through the National Right to the City Alliance, where she served as a steering committee member for 2 years.
In 2103 she became the Organizing Director at Mass Jobs with Justice, after serving on the Executive Committee for 4 years. During her 4 years at JWJ she organized communities in Boston and Brockton around worker’s rights, immigrant rights, public education, gentrification and corporate accountability. She was a National Jobs with Justice network leader and a member of the training team.
Melonie’s passion for projects that open up access to political education, development and resources for people of color is what inspired her to join United for a Fair Economy Board in 2015.
She is currently working as National “Kinship” Manager for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).
And providing executive leadership in the following capacities:
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) board chair
Boston Jobs Coalition (BJC) board treasurer
Black Economic Justice Institute advisory council