Adams is a community organizer and Co-Executive Director of Freedom Inc. Born and raised in Milwaukee 53206 to a single Black mother, Adams survived many forms of institutional and state-based violence and knows intimately the terror patriarchal violence causes inside of relationships, homes and families. Her father has been incarcerated for the majority of her life and her community has been the extreme target of police violence. These experiences led Adams to develop a radical Black queer feminist abolitionist politic that disrupts the relationship between identity, power and oppression.
As a queer Black gender non-conforming Dad and a hubby, Adams is committed to building the world her family deserves. She combines her experiences with movement science to lead grassroots campaigns that target violence and win real change in people’s lives. Adams has led housing takeovers that implement the human right to housing for Black queer families with the Take Back the Land Movement, organized with Southeast Asian elders to win community gardens, stopped the building of a new jail and works to defund police, organizes community accountability responses to harm, and won the removal of cops from schools from Madison public schools. Adams connects her local work with national and international movements and is a leading figure in the Movement for Black Lives.
Adams has presented before the United Nations Convention on Eliminating Racial Discrimination, is a co-author of a Law Review on Black Community Control Over the Police, and is author to intersectionality theory in Why Killing Unarmed Black Folks is a Queer issue.