Niki Franco (Venus Roots) is a community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study. Seeking to disrupt the institutionalized bureaucratic frameworks of academia and transactional
ways in which relationships exist under capitalism, her work experiments with truth-telling, radical history and thought, and revolutionary imagination. She also curates educational and cultural programming that navigates the current urgency on global solidarity, environmental and ancestral
preservation, and strategies on building emotional and intellectual capacities to dismantle systems of oppression that inform and deform our current lives. She is the host of "Getting to the Root of It with
Venus Roots," a podcast that leans into conversations with artists, theorists, and organizers.
She is currently based in Miami, where she serves as the Political Education Director for (F)empower
MIA and Civic Engagement Organizer for Power U Center for Social Change. Her work has been featured in Dazed Magazine, i-D Vice, Miami New Times, WLRN and she has held workshops at MoMa Ps1, University of California Los Angeles, Florida International University, and in a range of community spaces.