Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse CullorsPatrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter living and working in Los Angeles. As founder of Dignity and Power Now and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, she has worked tirelessly promoting law enforcement accountability across the nation.

Dignity and Power Now is dedicated to protecting incarcerated people and their families in Los Angeles. As executive director, Ms. Cullors has undertaken several projects ranging from the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence, Freedom Harvest artist collective, a bi-annual publication, the Dandelion Rising Leadership Institute and Building Resilience. In August of this year, the organization issued a report in collaboration with the UCLA Human Rights Clinic on the high percentage of black, mentally ill inmates. The report received coverage from multiple media outlets.

We Are Not the Terrorists: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Speaks Out About Attacks on Movement

Extended web-only interview with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and journalist asha bandele about their new book, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, with Part 2 of our discussion with the authors of a new book that is out today, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. The book is written by Patrisse … [Read more...]

Obama Says Black Lives Matter. But He Doesn’t Ensure They Do

Just days after several violent, deadly attacks on black people at the hands of the police, ABC invited families, organizers, officers and more to join Barack Obama in a town hall to discuss race relations in America. The idea was to offer space for reconciliation and those in attendance were told that we would have an opportunity to engage in a conversation on trust and safety in our communities. Among those in the room were pastor Traci Blackmon; Cameron Sterling, son of Alton Sterling, who … [Read more...]

June is Civilian Oversight Month: Demand Civilian Oversight with Power!

To The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: I urge you to create an independent civilian oversight commission to help end the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department’s (LASD) pattern and practice of abuse, medical neglect, and excessive force Los Angeles’ Black and Brown communities. This commission must have full legal authority to retrieve records and testimony, as well as assess, analyze, and report on patterns of excessive force, misconduct, medical neglect, and any other human rights … [Read more...]

Custody Town Hall This Thursday

A panel discussion about the LA County Sheriff's Department Custody Division covering use of force, complaint processes, alternative, mental health, women in jail, and the role of the inspector general. … [Read more...]

Civilian Oversight: Pack the LA County Board of Supervisors August 5th — New Date

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Rally Today: Then Vote Tomorrow

Join us on June 2nd, the evening before the June 3rd elections to voice to all the candidates running for Sheriff and County Board of Supervisors, that A NEW DAY HAS COME! Gather & Rally:Gather @ 4:30pm Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail and Twin TowersBring your bullhorns, drums, signs---Let's let the Sheriff and BOS candidates know what the community really needs! Demands: Stop the 2 billion dollar Jail project Civilian Oversight of the Los Angeles Sheriff' … [Read more...]

LA Sheriff Debate in Santa Monica: April 24th

Seven candidates to replace departed Sheriff Lee Baca will debate on Thursday, April 24th, at the Church in Ocean Park. 235 Hill Street. … [Read more...]

Help Get Supervisors Onboard Civilian Oversight for LA Sheriff’s Department

The Coalition to End Sheriff’s Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV) needs you to call your Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor from now until Tuesday, 17 September. In a recent press release sent form Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas' office the 2nd District Supervisor stated: “In a swift response to notice that the U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into whether Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies have abused inmates, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and … [Read more...]