Aaron Burgess | Community Organizer, Peace Promotion Momentum Team

Aaron Burgess Jr. started his community advocacy in 2011, with the political engagement team at Knott's Family Agency in San Bernardino, California. He studied political science-public law at UC San Diego, after transferring from a community college where he was involved in student advocacy and subsequently became student body president. After college, he began his career as a community organizer for criminal justice in order to engage in his passion to end mass incarceration. In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests against police brutality, Aaron joined Mid-City CAN's efforts to end the "school-to-prison pipeline" as an organizer with the Peace Promotion Momentum Team in City Heights. "As someone who's family has been tremendously affected by the criminal justice system, I feel that it's my calling to do my part to make systems of oppression more equitable and just." Aaron Burgess