Black Lives Matter and the Lives That Preceded It

As an activist and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors spends a good amount of time talking to others, not infrequently with a bullhorn in her hand. Her childhood, however, was suffused with silence. In “When They Call You a Terrorist,” written with the journalist Asha Bandele, she remembers peering from behind a fence when her older brothers, then 11 and 13, were playing with their friends outside and a police car rolled up. The officers “throw them up on … [Read more...]

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...]

Coalition Merges Art and Activism for Holiday Message about Mass Incarceration

At a busy intersection in Baldwin Hills, artist Jasmine Nyende sat on a jail bed, with dolls tied to its posts. The dolls represented “every member of my family who has slept in a prison bed,” said Nyende, 24, who read poetry about the impact of the massive numbers of people in jails and prisons from her perch near Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. Nyende was one of dozens of artists taking part in a Christmas Eve demonstration called #JailBedDrop, coordinated by Justice … [Read more...]

The Matter of Black Lives

A new kind of movement found its moment. What will its future be? On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues. The guests—who included Representative John Lewis, of Georgia; Sherrilyn Ifill, the director-counsel of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Wade Henderson, who heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—were … [Read more...]

Birth of a Movement

Patrisse Cullors seizes the moment to remind the world that Black Lives Matter lack Lives Matters founder Patrisse Cullors’ journey into activism began at a young age. In 1999, then-16-year-old Cullors began raising money to help her brother Monte, who was arrested after joyriding in his mother’s car and evading police. According to Cullors, Monte, while awaiting trial, punched a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and immediately put his hands up to surrender. But instead of simply taking … [Read more...]

Black Lives Matter Cofounder Patrisse Cullors Talks with Justice Not Jails

Black Lives Matter Cofounder Patrisse Cullors atrisse Cullors -- founding member of Black Lives Matter, leader of Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in Los Angeles, sparkplug for Dignity & Power Now, artist, actress, activist extraordinaire -- joined us this past Monday. With her colleagues, she has been pressing hard to establish civilian oversight for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, advocating on the ground for nearly two years to end the culture of violence among deputies behind … [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...]

Creating Permanent Oversight for the LA Sheriff’s Department

Hey Justice Not Jails Partners: As many of you know our Coalition to End Jail Violence was able to link up with Beyond Bars to create a 3-minute video that explains the coalition's demand for permanent civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. I wanted to know if you could send the video out as a main attraction to your entire network of friends and colleagues. The goal is 10,000 signatures by mid-July. I really need all of your support to make that happen. Please let me … [Read more...]

Coalition Calls on Board of Supervisors to Assess Feasibility of Permanent Civilian Oversight

The Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in L.A. Jails (C2ESV) calls on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors look into the feasibility of permanent civilian oversight of the L.A. county jails.  To this end, they will host a Town Hall meeting to gather public testimony on Thursday, March 14, from 6:00 pm to 8:30pm, at 1006 East 28th Street, Los Angeles 90011. In addition to testimony from South Los Angeles residents impacted by sheriff’s violence in the L.A. county jails, performance art … [Read more...]