The traditional art world and social justice dialogues need to be challenged, and the Crenshaw Dairy Mart was revived to redefine how art impacts marginalized communities.
Selma to LA: How Civil Rights History Inspired Criminal Justice Reform and Measure R
February 25, 2020. Our Prism. Measure R was passed in California in March of 2020, allowing mentally ill Black people to receive medical care and not the unfair torture of incarceration. Patrisse delves into how civil rights history inspired a movement that only continues to grow among nationwide Black communities oppressed by the police and prison states.
Incarcerated People Are Bracing for COVID-19: Q&A with a Woman Whose Brother Is On the Inside
March 20, 2020. Our Prism. On the heels of Measure R passing in the state of California, Patrisse Cullors interviews a woman whose brother is still incarcerated, with COVID-19 raging within jails. Forced within prison walls, many with minor offences are facing COVID-induced death sentences.
What Would Martin Luther King’s Dream Be in 2018? We Asked Leading Activists
April 4, 2018. The Guardian. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Nearly 55 years later, The Guardian asked several activists what his dream would be in 2018. Partisse Cullors weighed in, alongside 9 other civil rights leaders.
The Panel/Ta-Nehisi Coates v Cornel West: Black Academics and Activists Give Their Verdict
December 22, 2017. The Guardian. One of the leading Black intellectuals in the US, Ta-Nehisi Coates, got into a row with Harvard scholar Cornel West on Twitter in December of 2017. Coates hit back, listing all his articles criticizing US foreign policy, before completely deleting his Twitter account and backing out of social media. Commentators Melvin Rogers, Patrisse Cullors, Carol Anderson, and Shailja Patel discuss the impact of this debate amidst the struggle for racial equality.
Malcolm X Revisited
As part of Highways’ BEHOLD Festival 2016, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Janaya Khan, and FOREMOST present Malcolm Revisited, which explores the iconic historical figure, Malcolm X, through workshops, live performance pieces, and a visual exhibit dedicated to Malcolm’s current impact on the movement for Black lives.
The entire world has been impacted by #BlackLivesMatter, a moment-turned-movement that pushed this country in particular to have a new conversation about what it means to protect Black lives. Art allows for conversations to happen across generations, gender, race, and ability. This piece is a contribution to #BlackLivesMatter, Malcolm X, and the past and current freedom fighters in this movement.
From Africa to the US to Haiti, Climate Change Is a Race Issue
September 14, 2017. The Guardian. The ripple effects of climate change parallel the effects of global racial inequality. Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu make the case for why Black people are the most affected and killed by mounting climate change.
Abolitionists Still Have Work to Do in America
July 30, 2017. The Guardian. The term “abolitionist” may have historic roots but it’s just as relevant today as it was during the Civil War. In fact, abolitionists are likely more important now than they have ever been. Patrisse Cullors takes a look at why some steps towards emancipation have been made, but Black people are far from being free.
Sheriff David Clarke Is a Dangerous Bigot. He Must Be Resisted at Every Turn.
May 19, 2017. The Guardian. Former law enforcement official David Clarke served as Sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin from 2002 to 2017. When Black lives needed an ally, Clarke took his place among white nationalist supporters like Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, reminding activists of the increasing need to organize and resist.
Trump’s Election Means More Police Brutality Towards Black People
November 11, 2016. The Guardian. As soon as Donald Trump was elected, Patrisse Cullors foresaw the effects of his presidency on police brutality towards black people. She reflects on a nationwide history of Black communities being terrorized, realizes its potential for only getting worse, and resolves to fight harder than ever.