Z. Lula Haukeness

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Z. Lula Haukeness

Z. Lula Haukeness lives in Louisville Kentucky. He is an organizer working with various local, statewide and national organizations rooted in racial justice with a focus on other interconnecting systems of oppression and liberation. These organizations include Operation Welcome Home, a Black centered housing justice organization; Sankofa Behavioral and Community Health, a Black women centered mental health organization; Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national anti-racism organization engaging white people in racial justice work; Dane County Trans Health Group working on various trans justice issues; and LeftRoots a national study and strategy organization pushing for 21st century socialism. They won the LGBTQ Advocate of the year award and the MLK Humanitarian Award in Madison in 2016. He comes from the small Wisconsin town of Strum and has been in Madison for the past 20 years doing social justice work.[1]


In late 2019 Wende Marshall, Vicki Legion, Z. Lula Haukeness, Rose Brewer and Kelley Collings were part of a 7 member LeftRoots contingent in the 50th Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[2]

"Towards Collective Liberation" editorial crew

Chris Crass', 2013 book " was "Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy..." was edited by a team consisting of Chris and Molly, Rahula Janowski Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Nisha Anand, Sasha Vodnik, Cile Beatty, Danni Marilyn West, Amie Fishman, Jeff Giaquinto , Sharon Martinas, Gabriel Sayegh, Clare Bayard, Z. Lula Haukeness, Cindy Breunig, Jardana Peacock, Betty-Jeane Ruters-Ward, Betita Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Paul Kivel, Ingrid Chapman, Dan Berger, Josh Warren-White, Rachel Luft, Kerry Levenberg, Johnna Bossuot, Leah Jo Carnine, Berkley Carnine, Leah Close, Vivian Sanati, Dara Silverman, Helen Luu, Pauline Hwang Nrinder, N.K. Nann, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Max Elbaum, Keith McHenry, James Tracy, Alice Nuccio, Laura McNeill, Azedeh Ghafari, J.C. Callender, Nilou Mostoufi, April Sullivan-FitzHugh, Michelle O'Brien, Joe Tolbert, Tufara Waller Muhammad, Karly Safar, Jayanni Webster, Joshua Kahn Russell, prof. Laura Head, Andrew Cornell, Harjit Singh Gill, Emily Thuma, Rami Elamine, Chanelle Gallant, Charlie Frederick, Amar Shah, Alicia Garza, Elandria Williams, Carla Wallace, Ernesto Aguilar, Lisa Albrecht.[3]

"Towards Collective Liberation" followers


Melanie Cervantes, follow · March 11, 2013;

From author Chris Crass: " When I first imagined a poster promoting my new book, Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis,and movement building strategy, the images that came to mind were the people in Melanie Cervantes’ “We are the 99%” posters, coming together to build the multiracial, feminist, working class-based movement for collective liberation that we need. M... See More — with Carla F. Wallace, Mari Mujica, Steve Williams, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Ingrid Chapman, Dawn Haney, James Haslam, Cindy Wiesner, Marquez Rhyne, Jayanni Elizabeth, Malachi Garza, Miguel CarItu, Chris Crass, Carl Patrick, Abbey Lolcano, Maria Poblet, Kate Cardona, Z. Lula Haukeness, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Elandria Williams, Harsha Walia, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Jason Lydon, Jardana Peacock, Chris Dixon, Gabriel Haaland, Betty-Jeanne Ruters-Ward, Mel Baiser, Nisha Anand, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Becki Winchel, T. Gonzales, Rahula S. Janowski, Dani Burlison, Harjit Singh Gill, Leah Jo Carnine, Karly Safar, Emily Han Zimmerman, Alicia Garza, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Pamela Jean McMichael, Caitlin Elly Breedlove, Kate Kanelstein, Mei-ying Williams, James Tracy, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Shannon Garth-Rhodes and Cindy Jeanne.

Janesville, anti-Trump protest

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Video from Groundwork and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Wisconsin action night targeting Holiday Inn that hosted Donald Trump in Janesville, WI. ‪#‎NoHateInOurState‬ ‪#‎HostForHate‬ ‪#‎StopTrump‬ Thank you Z. Lula Haukeness, Ali Ann Brooks, Kristen Brock-Petroshius, Andrew Willis Garces, Claire Tran, B. Loewe and so many others...

Sit down protest

Z. Lula Haukeness July 11, 2016:


With Ben Hair, Deborah Rasmussen, Emily Blessing, Emily Ptak-Pressman, Julia Levine and Ali Ann Brooks.


2016 Groundwork – Madison, WI - Z. Lula Haukeness.


Z. Lula Haukeness July 10, 2015 ·


With Nneka Akubeze, Karma Chavez, Morathi Adams, Jennifer Epps-Addison, Ti S. Banks, Jasmine Timmons, Alix Shabazz, Eric S. Upchurch II, Brandi Grayson, Matthew Braunginn and Max Rameau.

Black Lives Matter Madison conference

Matt Nelson June 6, 2015 ·

  1. BlackLivesMatter movement-building conversation, #Wisconsin rising. Invest in community, no new jails, and community control of police. Leverage this moment AND build this movement! From outrage, to mobilization, to organization, vision, consciousness, power…forward! — with Tī S. Banks, Alix Shabazz, Jamala Rogers, Morathi Adams, Z. Lula Haukeness and Kabzuag Vaj.

MCC co-op


Z. Lula Haukeness September 15, 2014 ·

Last week a new MCC co-op opened which will serve as transitional living for eight to ten 18-21 year olds, purchased by Dane County, managed by Madison Community Cooperative with services provided by Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin/Briarpatch, in partnership with Operation Welcome Home, Operation Fresh Start and Transitional Education Program. This is the result of a lot of work by various organizations, elected officials, and individuals. The roots of the project started with the efforts of Take Back the Land back in 2010. Since then various partners and ideas have come together to coalesce into what it is now. Very exciting to see it opened. I want to give thanks to some of the people who were catalysts to projects like this and brave enough to move into foreclosed houses to demand that housing be seen as a human right and that we have community control over the land (...while striving for an anti-settler framework:). Thanks to Desi Wilson, Alix Ade Shabazz Ashley Sh'Niece Gray Christina, Velerie, Belinda, Roosevelt, Angel, Tonya TurnerBlake Robert McGee, and other liberators who saw that, as Desi said “this is about finding a place to live for me and my kids, but it is also about a bigger movement.”



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  2. [Out to Win 2 March 2020 https://journal.leftroots.net/in-cuba-we-can-glimpse-a-dream-becoming-a-reality/]
  3. Towards Collective Liberation Acknowledgents XV]