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Harvard Law Review | Abolition’s History & the Modern Freedom Fight

Abolition and Reparations: Histories of Resistance, Transformative Justice, and Accountability

April 10, 2019. Harvard Law Review. Applying the historical context of abolition to modern-day freedom fighting is often lost in translation. Patrisse dives into the history of abolition and reframes the meaning of the word for today’s freedom fighters and organizers in an effort to create a praxis for those who make a difference in Black communities around the nation.

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Vice | Exhaustion Is Not an Option in Activism

Exhaustion Is Not an Option: BLM’s Patrisse Cullors on Grief and Activism

February 1, 2019. Vice. Criminalization of Black communities doesn’t stop — and neither should organizers. That’s what Patrisse Cullors learned early on, and how she leads her work. But burnout can happen, and requires gentle care to rekindle the fighter’s flame. She shares experiences about her drive to never stop working to meet goals of the cause, and why taking time for yourself, finding a balance between unending labor and self-care, is the key to effective activism.

 

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The Appeal Political Report | Expansion of US Jails System Must End

Expansion of Largest Jails System in the US Must End

January 23, 2019. The Appeal Political Report. Los Angeles County is home to the country’s largest jail system, with roughly 17,000 people held behind bars. These incarcerated communities are often subjected to abhorrent conditions, and many are pre-trial, meaning they are still innocent. Patrisse Cullors teams up with Lex Steppling in this article that explores the conditions inmates experience in the LA jail system and what needs to happen to end this decades-long legacy of brutality. 

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HuffPost | 5 Years Later, BLM Still Going Strong

We Founded Black Lives Matter 5 Years Ago Today. We’re Still Going Strong

July 13, 2018. HuffPost. Marking the 5th anniversary of Black Lives Matter, co-founder Patrisse Cullors looks back on what inspired the movement and explains why the organization is fueled by great momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. Although our country remains increasingly divided, the drive to bring justice to victims and continue to bring Black communities to justice is a tirelessly burning flame.

The Guardian | Ferguson Protests and 5 Paths to Progress

The Guardian | Ferguson Protests and 5 Paths to Progress

Ferguson Protests to #FergusonNext: 5 Paths to Progress, After Non-Indictment

November 24, 2014. The Guardian. America has an addiction to violence; specifically, violence and racism towards Black people. The grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO in 2014 to not charge Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown presented yet another opportunity to talk about what is inherently wrong in the law enforcement structure. Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore propose five paths to progress to challenge it. 

The Guardian | 5 Ways to Never Forget Ferguson and Mike Brown

The Guardian | 5 Ways to Never Forget Ferguson and Mike Brown

5 Ways to Never Forget Ferguson — and Deliver Real Justice for Michael Brown

September 04, 2014. The Guardian. The Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride took to the road to travel down to Ferguson, MO after the grand jury declared non-indictment for Michael Brown’s death. Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore recount their experiences protesting in Ferguson and outline five ways protesters and allies can pledge to never forget the event and bring real justice to Michael Brown and countless others who have suffered brutality at the hands of police officers.