Tawana Petty

Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and data justice work. Honeycomb serves as a Data Justice Community Researcher and a Communications Representative for the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-leads the Our Data Bodies Project, a three city, participatory data justice research project. Honeycomb is also a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. She is the founder of Petty Propolis, a Sponsored Project of Allied Media Projects where she gets to grow through teaching poetry as visionary resistance while nurturing youth, millennials and seasoned adults through various organizing initiatives. Honeycomb is the author of Introducing Honeycomb, Coming Out My Box, and the Petty Propolis Reader. She also a member of the Riverwise Magazine Collective, which produces a quarterly magazine dedicated to lifting up the grassroots visionary work and resilience of Detroiters. You can find Honeycomb honing her social justice chops at the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, where she serves as a board member and is committed to sharpening her historical analysis through regular study and political discussion.