By Chyanne Robinson
In the midst of a pandemic, 18-year-old activist Jules Thomas, has continued to bring light to an ongoing problem of hunger and deprivation of basic necessities to his community of East Palo Alto, CA. During his freshman year of high school, Thomas and his mother launched their non-profit organization, Onyx Village Connections. Thomas got the idea for the organization after seeing so many homeless people not able to obtain a meal at least once a day, an injustice that Thomas felt dehumanized them.
Me and my mother saw a problem in EPA [East Palo Alto] -- how some of our residents hadn’t been able to get hot meals in a while [and we knew we had to do something],” said Thomas.