Founder and Community Organizer
Tonia Conner-Mitchell is the founder of 100Sistas based in Westchester NY. Tonia began her community organizing work in July 2016 in order to bring attention to police brutality and the lack of access and resources for Black, LGBTQI, and house less communities in Westchester NY.
Before 2016 Tonia Conner-Mitchell spoke out against shackling in jail and prison of pregnant mothers during child birth In New York state. Eliminating shackling of mothers during childbirth while incarcerated remains an issue for 100Sistas.
100Sistas feeds the house less in Yonkers every weekend, and Tonia diligently works to ensure that the house less in Westchester have access to food and shelter. Under 100Sistas, Tonia created a mentorship program for Black girls in the Yonkers community known as 100Gurlz. 100Gurlz reaches black girls within the Yonkers community. A mentoring, engagement and learning program, created to provide black girls a vision to create their own definition of what it means to be Young, Black and Female.
In 2018 Tonia Mitchell-Conner in collaboration with Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter organized Black Women’s March Continuing the Legacy of Harriet Tubman on April 7th, 2018. This was the largest march outside of NYC, since the Tawana Brawley case in 1987, with demands and issues focusing on racial disparities in the Hudson Valley impacting Black women.