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Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, visionary organizing and data justice work.

Honeycomb serves as Director of Data Justice Programming for the Detroit Community Technology Projectand co-leads theOur Data Bodies Project, a three-city, participatory data justice research project. She is also a member of theDetroit Digital Justice Coalition.

Honeycomb is the founder ofPetty Propolis, a Sponsored Project of Allied Media Projects where she serves her community through convening various social justice initiatives, facilitating art and education workshops, organizing an annual festival and retreat, and by teaching poetry as an avenue for visionary resistance. Honeycomb’s mission is to utilize her talents to re-spirit and nurture the inherent creativity in community members, artists, and visionary organizers through transformative methods of art education.

Honeycomb also utilizes her talents to facilitate anti-racism workshops and discussions, with a focus on shifting from the optional culture of ally-ship toward the obligatory relationship of co-liberation.

She is the author of Introducing Honeycomb,Coming Out My Box, thePetty Propolis Reader: My Personal and Political Evolution, and Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing. Honeycomb is also a founding member and editorial board member of Riverwise Magazine.

She is a past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, the Detroit Awesome Award, the University of Michigan Black Law Student Association's Justice Honoree Award, was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015, a 2018 Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Peacemaker Award and a 2018 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

Honeycomb is a board member of the
 James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadershipand aDetroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow.

In addition to her social justice and community organizing work, she performs and presents across the globe. She has appeared on several television and radio programs, including,Detroit Performs, The Teachers’ Lounge,American Black Journal, Tavis SmileyandStateside, and her work and writings have been featured in numerous publications.