Jenna Peters-Golden is an organizer, trainer, anti-Zionist Jewish rabble-rouser and artist. She is a white queer with class privilege, raised in southeastern Michigan and currently based in West Philadelphia. Politicized around the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2001, she cut her teeth as a young organizer as part of the new Students for a Democratic Society in 2006 where she first began building skills in collective decision-making and local and national campaign organizing.
Jenna has focused much of her political work around prison abolition and transformative justice, Palestinian solidarity/anti-occupation work, and Indigenous solidarity. She spent 8 years as a core member of Philly Stands Up, a transformative justice collective. She has been involved for many years in the Allied Media Conference, where she has led workshops, coordinated tracks and organized content around transformative justice, visionary sci-fi, and cooperative and collective governance practice. Since 2011, Jenna has been a member of the small and witchy Philly-based political study group Marginal Notes.
As an artist, Jenna creates images that support the movements and political struggles she believes in. Her drawings have been widely reproduced in posters, calendars, and magazines. In 2010, Jenna was a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change grant.
As a facilitator, Jenna loves to use art and storytelling as tools for staying grounded in political history and collective vision, in order to support groups generating new ways forward. She believes that all people and groups have the ability to grow and transform, and her belief in transformation is critical to her work.
When not facilitating or doing other AORTA work, Jenna can be found drawing comic books, romping with her dog, reading a million books, loving on the woods, and spending time with her fabulous and expansive family and friends. Her work with AORTA, and our client and partner organizations fighting for social justice, is an honor, a passion, and a joy.