Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson are the founders of Safety Pin Box, a monthly subscription box for white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation. Box memberships are a way to not only financially support Black femme freedom fighters, but also complete measurable tasks in the fight against white supremacy. With widespread national media coverage, two fierce activists at the helm, and the blessing of many in the Black Lives Matter movement, Safety Pin Box has changed the game of white allyship in response to the rise of the Alt-Right. In addition to a rapidly growing number of subscribers, Safety Pin Box has been featured on NPR’s CodeSwitch, New York Magazine, BBC News, The Root and more.
Leslie Mac is a Brooklyn-born activist, organizer, and writer. Her work is dedicated to Black lives and liberation. She founded the Ferguson Response Network as a means of connecting activists nationwide, and is a Founding Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). The Ferguson Response tumblr has been featured on the The Rachel Maddow Show, Best of the Left and is followed by over 35K people. Leslie helped organize multiple high profile national actions/events, including the National Movement of Silence (NMOS 14) in Philadelphia, the Movement for Black Lives Convening, Women’s Freedom Conference, #ReclaimMLK & #MLKSitIn. Her overall focus as an organizer is to provide both resources and structural support for Black Women millennials who are the leaders she has been waiting for her whole life. She also contributes to the liberation of her people through work in the Movement for Black Lives and as the co-creator & Creative Director of the Safety Pin Box, a subscription service aimed at helping white folks be better allies in the fight for Black Liberation. She speaks nationally about the intersection of social media and social justice as well as facilitating movement organizing conversations around the country. She serves as Social Media Lead for Justice League NYC and Communications Lead for the Deep Abiding Love Project out of St. Louis, MO. Leslie attended Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism. Recently named the 2017 Voice of The Year for Impact by BlogHer, she is also the producer and co-host of The Interracial Jawn podcast with her husband Drew, aka @VeryWhiteGuy.
Marissa Jenae Johnson is a Seattle-based writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and organizer working at the intersections of politics, Blackness, womanhood, and Christianity. She has previously organized within the Black Lives Matter movement, and with high school and college students who want to organize within their academic institutions. Marissa controversially reached the national stage when she helped take over a Seattle rally for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She’s been featured on platforms such as MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, Vice News, and NY Mag, and her work has been talked about by nearly every major media outlet in the country. Marissa is also the co-creator and content director of Safety Pin Box, a subscription service for white people who want to be allies in the fight for Black liberation. Safety Pin Box’s core mission is to fund the radical work of Black women and femmes. Marissa has been compared to ISIS in a campaign ad tweeted by Donald Trump himself, and also dragged rapper Killer Mike in a takedown that was covered by Complex Magazine. Her work stretches from the unconventional and controversial to the mundane, but her influence is felt by many.
News about Leslie and Marissa’s upcoming new book will be announced shortly!