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Tanay Lynn Harris

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Community Organizer

Tanay Lynn Harris is a Community Organizer in LDF’s Criminal Justice Project.  In that role, she works to increase and support the organizing capacity of Communities of Color.  Prior to LDF, she worked in Philadelphia as an Organizer and Educator.  Tanay participated in organizing campaigns focused on criminal justice reform such as school-to-prison pipeline, death penalty abolition, police misconduct, mass incarceration, economic development, health and education. Tanay served as Assistant Coordinator for the Center for African American Research and Public Policy (CAARPP) in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. At CAARPP she helped coordinate conferences, lectures, symposiums, and town hall meetings on the campus and with the community, focusing on education, health, economic development, crime and justice. Tanay is a youth Jegna (a person dedicated to the defense, protection, nurturance and development of the young) through various community organizations and summer programs.  Ms. Harris graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Africana Studies.  Tanay adheres to the African Adage, “I am because we are, and because we are, therefore I am.”