Founder/ Organizing Director
Isa Mujahid, Founder and Organizing Director of CTCORE-Organize Now!, is a native of Bridgeport, CT. The child and grandchild of Civil Rights Era activists, Isa was aware from an early age the role that racial politics had played in the history of the United States in the oppression of marginalized groups, in particular African Americans. An opportunity to attend private schools in neighboring Fairfield, opened his eyes to the large disparities that exist in the small state of Connecticut. After graduating high school, Isa joined the U.S. Army and spent the time thinking how he could best serve his community and country. Upon returning home to CT, he sought opportunities to be engaged in civic and political activities. He began community organizing with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Bridgeport.
Isa saw how effective community organizing was at winning demands from the powers-that-be and showing community members, who may have previously felt discouraged or unsure about their own ability to bring about social change, what was possible if communities work together in an organized and strategic way. Isa continued to organize with ACORN for several years - later organizing with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Connecticut and FaithActs for Education in Bridgeport, before forming CTCORE-Organize Now!
Camelle Scott-Mujahid, Training Director of CTCORE-Organize Now!, has been organizing in New Haven for the past ten years. She moved to New Haven from El Paso, Texas in 2003 to attend Yale University.
During her time at Yale, Camelle found community and a political home in New Haven’s activist and organizing community engaging in direct action, grassroots organizing, and coalition building. Camelle has organized around a range of issues, including Immigrants Rights, Police Accountability, and Education Equity.
From 2009-2013 she served as director of Teach Our Children and Youth UnleashED, a parent and youth-led community organization dedicated to increasing parent and student involvement in school improvement efforts. From 2013-2015, she worked as a major gifts officer at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. In her role as Associate Program Officer at the Perrin Family Foundation, she implemented grant making and capacity building strategies to strengthen the youth-led social change sector in CT.
Camelle believes in the power of collective action to make positive change and is passionate about supporting and holding space for black freedom fighters to organize and build community with one another.