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Prayer to Iyami for Allegories of Flight

𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒚𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒚𝒂𝒎𝒊, a piece where Patrisse used her older brother Monte’s clothes to build a tapestry of wings. Her witnesses gathered around her as she carried the 20-pound wings as a marker of the 20-year fight to keep her brother free from incarceration and abuse.

Patrisse led the procession to an 8-foot wide nest where she carefully arranged more of Monte’s used clothing to embellish the structure. The score featured James Baldwin speaking about the American Negro crisis and Cullors’ reading of the #YesOnR ballot measure.

This piece is a love letter to Los Angeles and, most importantly, a loving prayer for her brother Monte. 📸: Timothy Norris // @thebroadmuseum

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The Guardian | Black Votes, Not Lives, Matter to White House Hopefuls

Black Votes Matter to White House Hopefuls, but Not Black Lives

July 19, 2016. The Guardian. As primaries heated up for the 2016 presidential election, Patrisse Cullors reflects on the fact that white house hopefuls are eager to get Black votes, but not support Black lives. Posturing for support isn’t enough; real change needs to become a significant part of candidates’ platforms.

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The Guardian | Black People Killings Part of Larger Structural Issue

The Counted/ The Black People Killed By Police Are Just One Piece of a Larger Structural Problem

June 12, 2015. The Guardian. Chronicling the numbers of Black people killed by police is a step towards forcing law enforcement to become accountable for police officer misconduct. But that’s only part of the equation: we also have to disrupt the system and social dialog that continues to encourage brutalization of Black communities. 

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Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free at the Frieze LA 2020

Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free

First performed in 2019 as Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free, Cullors’s performance for Frieze Los Angeles invites participants to move together united by a groove and the freeing act of dancing the electric slide.

Led by Cullors, and with a live DJ, the dancers wore headphones and move together silently through the back lot. The performance was held daily during the fair and accompanied by video documentation in a storefront with merchandise and information in support of the non-profit foundations Reform L.A. Jails and Black Lives Matter.

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Teen Vogue | BLM Co-founder Looks Back on Six-Year Anniversary

Black Lives Matter Co-founder Patrisse Cullors On Its Six-Year Anniversary

July 17, 2019. Teen Vogue. Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, looks back on the six-year anniversary of the abolitionist organization. She speaks about what inspired her to co-found BLM with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, and how the movement continues to lead the fight against the tyrannical racist system.

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Complex | Natural-Born Leader: Stacey Abrams

Natural-Born Leader: Stacey Abrams on Racism in Health Care, Trump’s Lies, and Fighting for the People

May 07, 2020. Complex. Patrisse interviewed Stacey Abrams in an article for the online magazine, Complex. Stacey has been an accomplished politician, tax attorney, author, and co-founder of a nourishing beverage company for infants — and she has always been a powerful voice for Black people. Patrisse sat down with her for an interview on the state of the nation as it is now and how we only have one recourse at this point: to keep fighting. 

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Los Angeles Times | LA County Is Behind in Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform Is Sweeping the Country. But Not L.A. County.

February 27, 2019. Los Angeles Times. Calls for criminal justice reform are occurring throughout California and the nation, with many locally-elected prosecutors supporting the fight for more fair justice systems. However, in LA County, top prosecutor and District Attorney Jackey Lacey, still hasn’t given in to voter requests. She has also opposed other key reforms, such as ending cash bail, that could refocus the criminal justice system from being wealth-centered to safety-centered. This op-ed serves as a plea to DA Lacey to step up her leadership and bring safety and fairness to Black communities in her county. 

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Prism | Chicago Black Victims Still Waiting for Real Justice

In Chicago, a Victory for Police Torture Survivors Has Turned Into a Long Wait

December 19, 2019. Our Prism. Chicago, like many cities in the nation, has a history with miscategorizing Black children as adults, and killing or torturing them in the streets, robbing them of their childhood.  Black communities have been trying to establish reparations since 2004, and only recently has the city begun to respond. 

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The Guardian | Black Lives Matter in Australia

Black Lives Matter in Australia: Wherever Black People Are, There Is Racism – and Resistance

November 01, 2017. The Guardian. Black Lives Matter is not confined to America. Wherever there are Black people, there is racism. Patrisse Cullors and Rodney Diverlus write about their time in Australia and how they are encouraging the government to support the rights of the country’s native people and Black population.