Nicole Lee

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Nicole Lee, is a fourth-generation Chinese-American who also became politicized while working on the anti-Prop. 209 campaign in California in the mid 1990s.

She is the Founding Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement, she is a fourth-generation Oakland resident who has spent the past 20 years in labor and community organizing and youth development work, with a focus on economic justice and juvenile justice issues.

Some of the campaigns she has worked on include the Books Not Bars Campaign (a project of the Ella Baker Center), the Silence The Violence Campaign (which Nicole co-founded under the Ella Baker Center), and the Revive Oakland Campaign (a coalition facilitated by the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy). Before founding Urban Peace Movement in 2009, Nicole worked for such organizations as the Unite/HERE Local 2850, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.[1]


After training[2]with SOUL Lee became the salaried director of Let's Get Free, a nonprofit that works to reform the juvenile justice system in Oakland. "SOUL taught me practical skills, like public speaking," she says, "and the history of The Movement."

Haiti, March 2010

In March 2010 Nicole Lee from TransAfrica Forum, actors Danny Glover and Sean Penn and Reps Barbara Lee and Joseph Crowley were in Haiti working on earthquake recovery efforts.[3]

Sudan protest

March 16, 2012, Washington, DC: Today at the Sudanese Embassy, 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, TransAfrica Forum President Nicole Lee joined actor and activist George Clooney who just returned from a trip to Sudan and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, human rights advocate Martin Luther King III and Representative Al Green to demand immediate action to stop Sudan’s use of food as a weapon.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is blocking food and humanitarian aid from reaching half a million people in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions where they are at grave risk of starvation.

Hundreds of activists are demonstrating at the Sudanese Embassy this morning starting at 10am

Also at the protest were Tom Andrews, President, United to End Genocide, Nick Clooney, Journalist, Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, South Kordofan, Rabbi Steve Gutow, President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Fred Kramer, Executive Director, Jewish World Watch, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman James Moran. [4]

Nelson Mandela's Birthday

The South African Embassy, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and TransAfrica Forum — the Washington-based human rights organization that helped compel the U.S. government to act against apartheid in South Africa nearly 30 years ago – co-hosted a teleconference on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 facilitated by Brand South Africa to outline the nationwide events to honor and celebrate “Mandela Day.”

Coordinated by the embassy, TransAfrica Forum and CBTU, events in Washington DC and 17 cities around the United States celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18 with members of the original anti-apartheid and Free South Africa Movement, special guests and performances.

Teleconference to discuss “Mandela Day” events, with

Left Forum 2011

Venezuela and the Chavez Government: Advances and Shortcomings:

Sponsored by: Venezuelanalysis

Chicago CBTU conference

Nicole Lee addressed the May 2015 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists National Convention in Chicago.[6]

1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising

Maurice Moe Mitchell August 5, 2015,

  1. UnitedWeFight: 1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising - National Conference Call. Thurs. 8PM EST / 7PM CST Register at — with Justin Hansford, Scott A. Roberts, Mary Hooks, Kayla M. Reed, Diamond Latchison, Kareem Jackson, Bukky Gbadegesin, Katrina Gamble, Tanya Lucia Bernard, Tory Russell, Cedric Lawson, Alicia Garza, Leslie Mac, Charlene Carruthers, Patrisse Cullors, Cherrell Brown, Dante Barry, Waltrina N. Middleton, Damon Turner, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Ash-Lee Henderson, Damon Davis, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Mari Morales-Williams, Mervyn Marcano, Nicole Lee, Elandria Williams, Opal Ayo, Jonathan Pulphus, Dara Cooper, Michael McBride, Umi Selah, Osagyefo Sekou, Tara Tee, Rose Berry, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Purvi Shah, Cid Nichols, Ingrid Benedict, Jade Ogunnaike, James Hayes, Anita Nichole, Joe Worthy and The Movement for Black Lives.

Rogers connection


Jamala Rogers June 8 2018:

Howard U Law School. Trying to persuade @Justin Hansford come back to the STL. Double blocked by Lisa Crooms & Nicole Lee! Joking aside, Justin is doing exciting things at the new Thurgood Marshall CR Center. — with Justin Hansford, Lisa Crooms and Nicole Lee.


Urban Peace Movement

Urban Peace Movement Prince White April 26, 2018:


With Erik Wright, Fatima Rose, Zay Cole, Nicole Lee and Kaila Mathis.