Erica Nanton is an organizer, community leader and activist with The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and was a 2016 graduate of Roosevelt University. She has worked on various social initiatives in Chicago around the issues of education justice, police accountability, racial and economic justice as well as national work in Washington, DC to hold those in power accountable to the people. Erica was born in Miami, Florida and raised by a single mother and grandmother who both immigrated to the U.S. from the Bahamas. Erica has been a part of the fight for The Responsible Business Act, which led to the Cook County minimum wage being raised to $13 an hour. In May of 2017, she marched with a group of activists for 15 days from Chicago to the state capital of Springfield (200 miles) to fight for and organize people across the state for a ‘People and Planet First Budget’ in the wake of the state budget crisis.
She is currently working with a coalition of students, parents and teachers from the Englewood community who are facing the closure of all public high schools in their area, to help them stand up and fight for fully funded public schools. Erica is currently a Co-Chair of The Illinois Poor People’s Campaign, a movement set to carry on the vision and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is very proud of both her African-American and Caribbean heritages and works with both American born and immigrant people to fight for justice and equal rights for all, no matter what part of the world a people come from. Erica believes that a true vision for justice must represent not just the United States of America, but that all of our justice and humanity is interconnected to that of the entire globe.