Brontë Velez

Brontë Velez works in urban gardening and social justice, with an intention to compost the violences forged by environmental racism through radical imagination. Co-founder of Lead To Life, a project that transforms guns into shovels to be used in ceremonial tree-planting at sites of violence in Oakland and Atlanta, Brontë is guided by “the many rivers that have come together” to make and sustain them. As a black-latinx multimedia artist, life-long student, and designer, their praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of critical geography, black liberation ecologies, and creative placemaking. They are committed to joy, wellness, and walking in the prayer that “justice is what love looks like in public.”