Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

Organization: 
AORTA
Location: 
New Orleans, LA

Radicalized through the Unitarian Universalist youth movement as a teenager, Lydia’s politics are grounded in a deep faith in our power to materialize collective liberation and abolition democracy. Raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Lydia has called New Orleans home since she came to the city to support organizing for a just reconstruction following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Committed to building multiracial feminist movements that have the power to transform our material conditions, Lydia has brought her facilitation and organizing skills to a wide-range of political projects over the last 15 years. Her facilitation and consulting work is shaped by her experiences organizing against gentrification and the dismantling of public housing in post-Katrina New Orleans; participating in community-based anti-policing and anti-prison campaigns; building local and national networks of white anti-racist activists; strengthening cooperative economics; building multigenerational community spaces; and working for the anti-oppressive transformation of several non-profit organizations. She is proud to have served on the Board of Directions of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) from 2007-2012.

Inaddition, she is deeply invested in the work of building radical left intellectualism grounded in and relevant to social movements. Towards that end, she is currently writing a dissertation on the expansion and contestation of the Louisiana carceral state from the 1970s to the present. Her writing on prisons + policing, racial capitalism, grassroots movements, and the US South has appeared in various activist and academic publications including Monthly Review OnlineThe AbolitionistSouthern Spaces, Verso Books Blog, Left Turn Magazine, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and in the anthology Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. You can learn more about her scholarly work here.

You can contact Lydia at: lydia(at)aorta(dot)coop