Project Say Something and Mindful Interference are Alabama-based non-profits that demand equity and justice for ALL Black people. Our goal is to promote racial justice and create spaces that center Black activism. We challenge political institutions to denounce anti-black racism by advocating for policy that removes shrines to white supremacy and reduces harm to marginalized people, and strengthening cross-racial coalitions, and empowering our communities to stand in solidarity.
Camille Bennett is the Founder/ Executive Director of Project Say Something an Alabama-based nonprofit with a mission to confront racial injustice and misogynoir through Black history by using communication, political education, and community empowerment to reconcile the past with the present.
Jilisa is the creator of Mindful Interference, a consulting agency that assists individuals, organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders in engineering relational strategies that transform, repair, enhance, or restore social dynamics between people, institutions, and organizations. Problems that arise in society are often related to human and conceptual relationships. Mindful Interference uses multi- faceted approaches including social justice advocacy, sociology, critical theory, legal studies, and directly impacted experience to create customized approaches to restructuring the world into a more just society. The organization creates trainings and interventions in a manner consistent with the motto “People and issues don’t fit in boxes, and neither do strategies used to respond to them”.
Together, Camille and Jilisa have a mission to provide anti-racism training focused on the cultures, behaviors, legacies, and controlling images that perpetuate systemic racism.
The importance of Anti-Racism Training
Our country was financially and culturally built on anti-Black racism. The legacy of anti-Black racism continues to shape our culture. Anti-racism training helps participants process the root causes of this country’s racism and inequities. The only way to work towards an equitable future is to understand the nuances of anti-racism. It is important for all people to understand critical race theory, the nuances of anti-racism, and intersectionality.
- Respectability Politics
- White Fragility
- White Saviorism
- White Privilege
- White Solidarity
- Spiritual Bypassing
- Anti racist policy advocacy
- Navigating whiteness in political spaces
- Contact: Camille Bennett, (256) 415-0104
- Zoom training
- PowerPoint Presentations
About Camille Bennett
Camille Bennett, wife of Taurus Bennett and mother of Christian (19), Morgan (15) an interfaith spiritual leader, entrepreneur and white supremacy abolitionist. Camille has 10 years of experience in training white allies on Critical Race Theory through examining the harm of white supremacy within progressive spaces. Her global perspective stems from living on the island of St. Maarten, she is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been an Alabama resident for 30 years.
Camille, a graduate of The University of Alabama, earned a National Championship in public speaking while on The University of Alabama Forensics Team in 1999. Bennett has been the Chief facilitator of Living Spirit Center for Spiritual Oneness since 2012. She works with diverse spiritual communities throughout North Alabama including but not limited to: Bahá’ís, Buddhists , Hindus,Unitarians and practitioners of African Spirituality. Camille Bennett is currently in partnership with the North Alabama Bahá’í community as they create and sustain community gardens in marginalized communities. Through this partnership Camille and the Bahá’í community execute community advocacy for racial equity.
Camille Bennett founded Project Say Something(PSS) in December 2014, a nonprofit organization with a mission to confront white supremacy and misogynoir through black history using direct action, community empowerment, education and civic engagement to reconcile the past with the present. Project Say Something, initially a local grassroots effort, mobilized regionally and nationally through coalition building, sustained protests, and advocacy for the political power and humanization of Black Alabamians. In 2015, Camille Bennett became the Director/Co-owner of Focus-Scope Child Enrichment Centers, centers focused on holistic child development and minority at risk children.
In 2020, Project Say Something formed the Alabama Childcare Coalition with a mission to advocate for equitable policies for Black women and children. Camille Bennett and Project Say Something work in partnership with the LGBTQIA community to advocate for social change. Project Say Something spearheaded other regional and national coalitions including: The Monument Abolition Coalition, Liberating Spaces, and The Ride Revived. In addition, PSS is on the frontlines of voter education, helping to increase voter turnout by exposing white supremacy within political systems. In 2020, PSS was a catalyst for change in Florence, Alabama as they grabbed the attention of the Alabama Democratic Party and collaborated to unseat Mayor Steve Holt by exposing his racial insensitivity and bias. Project Say Something’s most prominent role in Alabama has been within the advocacy for the removal of Confederate monuments, receiving national and international attention for their efforts.
About Jilisa Milton
Jilisa Milton is an Alabama-based civil rights attorney, policy analyst, social worker, racial justice activist, community organizer, and relational strategist. She has nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of racial equity, critical race & feminist theory, poverty, criminal justice reform, mental health, and reproductive justice.
Ms. Milton was born in New York City during the so-called Wars on Drugs and Poverty racist policies that blatantly targeted and harmed families of color. After being removed from her mother’s custody at a young age, Ms. Milton and her four siblings were placed with her grandparents, who adopted them and then moved the family to their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Her experience as a southern woman is important to her as she works to break barriers of opportunity for marginalized people.
Ms. Milton graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in social work, later becoming the first person to graduate from its JD/MSW joint degree program. On top of being a dedicated attorney, she has goals to become a clinical practitioner in order to contribute to work around healing communities of racial and other forms of trauma.
She continues to be a leader in major social justice initiatives and organizations demanding transformative change on a local and regional level. She became one of the founders of Black Lives Matter Birmingham Chapter, namely as a survivor of police violence. She has also assists with the development of grassroots organizations such as Yellowhammer Fund, a reproductive justice organization in the south, S.W.E.E.T Alabama, a “just transition” organization focusing on equitable energy, environmental justice, and sustainability throughout Alabama. Currently, Ms. Milton serves as the Vice President of National Lawyers Guild, a progressive public interest association of lawyers, law students, paralegals, jailhouse lawyers, law collective members, and other activist legal workers working to support social movements with international impact.
Ms. Milton has engaged with media on issues related to racial justice, police reform, social policy, intercultural communications, and social movement strategy. She has trained on anti- racism, trauma-informed practice, and allyship over the last five years and spoken at events and been interviewed in Alabama & nationally, as well as internationally in countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.