POET, ORGANIZER, EDUCATOR
Jonathan Mendoza is an award-winning, Boston-bred, Chicago-based Jewish and Mexican-American activist, spoken word poet, social justice educator, and musician. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, a three-time award winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and winner of the Sonia Sanchez – Langston Hughes Poetry Prize. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Flama, The Poetry Foundation, and NPR.
His art focuses on multiracial and Jewish POC identity, Latinidad, migrant justice, mental health and masculinity. He aims less to make political art but to make politics artful, fusing arts and education with social and political organizing to strengthen movements locally and abroad.
Jonathan has organized across the U.S. with local and national movements around migration justice, economic justice, democratization, and policing. He currently serves as a community organizer for housing justice and youth power with Pilsen Alliance in Chicago's lower west side.
Jonathan is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Arts for Social Advocacy and minors in Political Science and Spoken Word Poetry. Jonathan ties the artistic to the political, the academic to the emotional, providing galvanizing content for a variety of audiences and making him a rising star in the world of spoken word.