Why Black Lives Matter (Sat) Alicia Garza with Stan Grant

#BlackLivesMatter has become the call to action for a generation of US human rights activists to denounce the violence and prejudice still experienced by African Americans. In the wake of the violent deaths of African Americans Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and many others call for change is insistent and consistent.  So what does need to change in politics, in the media and in everyday lives to transform race relations and ensure justice and recognition for all?

 

Following the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza took to social media to express her outrage. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, she turned the powerful words “Black Lives Matter” into a social media phenomenon and an organizing network that boasts more than 26 chapters internationally. Currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alicia previously served as Executive Director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights, where she led the charge on significant initiatives, including organizing against the chronic police violence in black neighborhoods.

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