Meet Jill Garvey

Jill is the executive director of Center for New Community, a national organization that builds community by organizing for racial justice and economic fairness. She is the co-creator and publisher of Her writing has been featured in several media outlets includingThe Progressive Magazine,, Huffington Post, and The Maddow Blog.


What scares you? 

Now that I have a kid, everything scares me! I used to be so tough. The downside to parenthood is that it turns you into a nervous wreck.

Whose undies would you run up a flagpole? 

So hard to choose. I would probably take the undies of Wall Street bankers, Congress, Glenn Beck, Rick Perry, and Fox News pundits, sew them into a giant flag of shame and run that up the pole. I do like humiliating assholes and I can sew!

What do you hate? 

Nazis…of course. Or anything that’s related to Nazism, whether it be white nationalism, organized racism, nativism, and so on. Like most people, I pretty vehemently despise anything that violently targets the people and communities I care about. I’ve had strange encounters with bigots, so a big part of my life is devoted to eradicating these things.

If you had to change careers what would you want to do? 

Kindergarten teacher. Five-year-olds are the best.

What do you think about when you are alone? 

Baking bread and gardening. I think it’s important to eat properly baked bread and stay connected to nature. I don’t do either. But I think about them a whole lot.

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