El Jones

March 12, 2022

Community Activist, Journalist, and Poet

El Jones is a spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and a community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues, and along with this work, she supports women in Nova Institution in writing and sharing their voices. She is also the chair of the 15-person sub-committee in Halifax responsible for drawing up the report: Defunding the Police: Defining the Way Forward for HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality). The 218-page report features 36 recommendations to reallocate resources away from the police to more appropriate service providers.