Alicia Garza

Born in 1981, Alicia Garza is a self-described "queer” social-justice activist who reveres the Marxist revolutionary, former Black Panther, and convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur for her contributions to the "Black Liberation Movement.” Garza is likewise a great admirer of Angela Davis (another Marxist and former Black Panther) and Audre Lorde (a black socialist lesbian feminist). "These women really attempt and attempted to tackle some of the biggest questions facing our society,” says Garza. "Learning about them and in some cases getting a chance to meet them really underscores that everyday people, when working together with a shared vision, can accomplish extraordinary things.”

In 2013, Garza collaborated with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi to co-found Black Lives Matter (BLM), an online platform designed to stoke black rage and galvanize a protest movement in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white-Hispanic man who was tried for murder and manslaughter after he had shot and killed a black Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin in a highly publicized February 2012 altercation.

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Garza's Organizations

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Black Lives Matter Founder Link

Garza's Activities

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2020-09-17 Black Lives Matter co-founder teams up with pro-Chinese Communist party group Link
2020-07-16 Alicia Garza says Biden is still "far away" from the change that Democratic voters want Link

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