Alicia Garza is an activist and organizer who co-founded Black Lives Matter. She is the host of the “Lady Don’t Take No podcast, and the author of the new book, “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.”

Garza continues to fight racial injustice and inequity as the principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, and as the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Garza joins Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan to discuss what it means to do the work of organizing a movement and creating change.

Highlights

Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, says early turnout for this election cycle has her feeling motivated. “This is going to be one of the most consequential elections in a generation…People are paying attention and people are taking their protests into the polls.” (Washington Post Live)
When asked how the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could affect minority communities in America, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza said, “It would be devastating…She has incredibly extreme views about women, about LGBT people, about Black folks, and she would be making decisions in the highest court in the land… I think her eventual nomination, or a successful nomination would mean we would have representation without substance and that we cannot afford. We know that when Clarence Thomas, for example, was appointed to the Supreme Court it has devastating effects on racial equality in this country…People will tout that there are more women on the Supreme Court, but they will not look into the decisions they are making in relation to our communities.” (Washington Post Live)

Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza is an organizer, political strategist, and cheeseburger enthusiast. She is the Principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter [youtube.com] and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Strategy & Partnerships Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast.