Alicia Garza is someone who believes that black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. That’s what drives the innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast.
Alicia wears many hats. She is the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the United States. She is also the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in 4 countries.
Alicia also co-founded the Black Futures Lab to make black communities powerful in politics, and Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. You can read her thoughts on women who are transforming power in Marie Claire every month.
Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled How to Turn a Hashtag Into a Movement, is coming to bookshelves in 2020. In it, she warns you, as she will in real life—hashtags don’t start movements. People do.
Every successful social movement in this country's history has used disruption as a strategy to fight for social change. Whether it was the Boston Tea Party to the sit-ins at lunch counters throughout the South, no change has been won without disruptive action.
We are clear that all lives matter, but we live in a world where that's not actually happening in practice. So if we want to get to the place where all lives matter, then we have to make sure that black lives matter, too.
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