HAWK NEWSOME is an activist at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former County Committee Member of New York’s District 79. He has dedicated his adult life to the betterment of his community & our nation as a whole. The Bronx native was raised in a devout Christian household. As a youth, Hawk succumbed to the temptations of his environment and dropped out of high school. With the love and support of his family, mentors and athletic ability he was able to push forward and obtain a GED, Bachelors of Science, and law degree.
After graduating from Concordia College, Hawk worked for the Honorable Robert T. Johnson at the Bronx County Office of the District Attorney, as a paralegal assisting Assistant District Attorney’s to prosecute crime. Hawk was then promoted to the position of Special Projects Coordinator. As the DA’s liaison to the community, he worked with N.Y.C.H.A tenants’ associations and social service organizations throughout the Bronx. In his spare time, he organized drives to send medical supplies to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Hawk joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP as a project manager overseeing efforts inthe law firm’s 22 national and international offices. During this period, Hawk founded the Bronx Sharks an athletic club that has sent numerous risk youths to college on scholarship. Hawk went on to follow his childhood dream of attending law school. Hawk attended the prestigious Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. and completed his Jurist Doctorate at Touro Law School in Long Island, NY. After which he ran for City Council for the Bronx district where he grew up.
Throughout his life Hawk has engaged in protests and activities to combat injustice. Over the past few years, he has worked tirelessly leading protests and seeking justice for the families of those slain by overzealous police officers. In 2013, Hawk joined the Justice League NYC and has engaged in their national campaign to fix the broken criminal justice system.
Hawk’s parents actually met at a civil rights rally in the 1960’s, so you can say that he was born into this fight. Hawk is the single parent to his thirteen-year-old autistic son, whom he loves dearly. Hawk loves his family, he loves his people, and he has pledged his life to bringing justice to this unjust system.
MEET THE TEAM
CATASIA WILLIAMS is a dedicated social services professional who has committed her career to strengthening services for disadvantaged youth and families of NYC. Her career is in lieu with her recent rise as an activist. After earning a Master Degree in Urban Policy Analysis & Management from The New School her career shifted on non-traditional path where she is now an activist with Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, where she serves as Director of Operations. Her ultimate goal is to ensure that public policy truly supports and reflects Black liberation through practices that protect and serve Black communities.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
TIMOTHY RUFFIN is an educational activist that advocates on the behalf of educational causes that strive to liberate communities of color. Originally from Newark, NJ, Timothy is a graduate from Rutgers University and holds two master’s degrees and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in adult education.
In college, Timothy was part of many undergraduate groups (including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.) that fought for equality on the college campus which has carried over into his professional life as an educator. While working for various non-profit organizations in NYC, Timothy has always tried to use education as a vehicle for improving a student’s self – image which would have a profound effect on their “options” in life and the betterment of their community.
As a student of “Garveyism”, one of Timothy’s favorite quotes by Marcus Garvey is, “if you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life” because although people of color have had traumatic experiences in this world, it is through increased self –awareness and action that they will regain their glorious past.
Presently, Timothy supports educational initiatives that allow people of color to pursue their own destiny and is a “fierce opponent” of policies that keep people of color in subordinate or dependent conditions in society. Carter G. Woodson once said, “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.”