Selma Aly was born to Egyptian Immigrants of orthodox Islamic beliefs. At a young age, Selma was faced with the harsh reality and the injustices that came with experiencing life as a Muslim immigrant of color. She started her organizing career during the protests against Wisconsin’s attack on collective bargaining. As a queer woman of color leader who has successfully organized community members experiencing racial and social injustices to change community practices policy, Selma has over 6 years of community organizing, program development, coalition building and media relations experience. Selma has worked on campaigns for the Fight for 15, immigrant justice, education reform, youth substance-misuse prevention efforts as well as Ban the Box and School to Prison Pipeline initiatives. Her experience with these campaigns has led her to believe that our greatest resource is the leaders in the communities we are organizing and their development.
Leadership development is always her top priority in the implementation of regional and statewide campaigns. As Selma progressed with her organizing, she recognized the need for documentation and community-run media to amplify the alternative narratives envisioned by leaders who fight for change in social justice movements. As we know, organizing is personal, and therefore, necessary that those personally affected are the ones leading their fight. Through organizing, Selma found and developed photography and videography as a means to heal, and has since founded Moonstone Media in order to document the stories of communities leading the fight for equity. Moonstone has worked with Ninjas For Health on the #SmokeFreePride campaign as well as Community Advocates and FACT on the Youth Tobacco Prevention campaign. Selma believes in the use of art and media to represent our realities and connect us across communities.