Che Johnson-Long is a Community Organizer and Prison Abolitionist with a deep love for movement strategy. For over a decade she has worked with Trans and Queer communities of Color and formerly incarcerated people developing strategies to divest from prisons and invest in community safety.
Che is the former Organizing Director of the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative and the founding coordinator of the Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, only the fifth of it’s kind in the country and the first initiative of its kind in Georgia aimed at reducing recidivism for those most impacted by addiction and extreme poverty.
In 2013 Che Co-founded the first Bed-Stuy Pride in Brooklyn, and the first Community Security school for Trans and Queer people of color both projects of the Safe Outside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project. For the past 7 years she has trained organizations and communities on internal safety strategies for mobilizations, events, and neighborhood copwatch.
Additionally, Che is in her fifth year practicing trauma healing with Generative Somatics, and her second year as a teacher in training. She received 4 years of education from UC Santa Cruz, and 30 years of education from living, healing, and listening to others. Che grew up in Oahu, Hawaii and Los Angeles, and currently lives in Atlanta where she studies “law” at Georgia State College of Law.
She is a big fan of her community, her dog, and all things sci-fi.