Jessika Hepburn is a community organizer and entrepreneur of Black & Jewish descent based in Mi’kma’ki working to craft a culture of care, abolish white supremacy, redistribute wealth, and replace capitalism/colonialism with community goodness.
Jessika is the co-owner of The Biscuit Eater Cafe & Books @biscuiteater a rural cafe and Black led bookstore in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and secretary for SEED (South End Environmental Injustice Society) @seedshelburne a society based in Shelburne, Nova Scotia started by Louise Delisle and featured in the documentary “There’s Something In The Water” based on the book of the same name by Dr Ingrid Waldron. SEED is dedicated to ending environmental racism, ensuring access to clean water, and reparations for Black residents of South End Shelburne, home of the oldest free Black community in North America and location of the first race riots.
You can find Jessika organizing support, events, and advocacy with BIPOC South Shore @bipocss; stepping up as the only candidate of Black descent or woman of colour for any party in Nova Scotia during the 43 federal election in 2019 for the riding of South Shore — St Margarets; organizing creative economies with Maritime Makers, and Oh My! Handmade; and holding governments of a levels, leaders, or companies like Etsy accountable publicly.
In 2020 with BIPOC South Shore, a collective of Black, Indigenous and people of colour Jessika started organizing #BuyBlackBirchtown to create a retreat and learning centre in Birchtown by and for Black, Indigenous, people of colour and 2SLGBTQ+ communities to rest, heal + work together for Black liberation & Indigenous sovereignty. We have purchased a property near the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown and will be starting retreats for members in the summer of 2021.