On this episode of Iron Sharpens Iron, Leon and De’Wayne are joined by Rasheed Ajamu aka PhreedomJawn on Instagram and Twitter! Rasheed talks about what it is like to have over 40,000 followers across platforms, and how to mobilize Philadelphians to certain actions, while also making time for rest and self care. Together, they discuss what the next generation of community organizing can and does look like with the power of social media.
Episode Transcript Here: https://pacdc.org/2017/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Episode-5_-Rasheed-Ajamu.pdf
Rasheed Ajamu is the person behind Philly’s favorite Instagram account Phreedom Jawn. This account calls people to action, promotes mutual aids, keeps the city informed with news and resources, and educates the city on the intersections of Blackness. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rasheed has a passion for seeing our city move forward. After volunteering with a Germantown Soup Kitchen at the age of 11, Rasheed attended Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice to explore community service. A La Salle University graduate, Rasheed currently works at a community development organization to connect residents with housing resources.
Producer: Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Sound Editor: Andrew Heppard, Cover Art: Jennifer Selpa, Music: Needed You by Will Ellsworth