Aaron Ammons co‐founded the CU Citizens for Peace & Justice, an advocacy group in Champaign‐Urbana. The group has fought to end the use of tasers in local jails, organized truck drives to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina and most recently protested the death of Kiwane Carrington. Ammons is also a poet, and has released two books: As I Travel My Creation and Journey Through Another Manʹs Mind. His poetry has also been published in the Public i. Since 2005 he has helped organize Speak Cafe, a monthly spoken word event at the Krannert Art Museum open to all in the community. He works for Facilities and Services at the University of Illinois and has been active in union organizing on campus. He has also taken courses at the University towards completing his Bachelorʹs Degree. With his wife, Carol Ammons, Champaign County board member, he has raised two boys, Jelani and Amir.

Aaron is a co-host of the local radio program Higher Ground that airs Saturday mornings from 8am-10am on WEFT 90.1fm

Aaron was featured in Difference Makers 2010: An eBlack Champaign-Urbana Publication.