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

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Los Angeles’ Watershed Moment for Mental Illness Advocacy March 17, 2020. CNN Opinion. Jails have increasingly become responsible for caring for those with mental illness. The mentally ill, especially those in Black communities, should be able to seek real mental health facilities for treatment instead of cold, brutal prison walls. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg and Patrisse

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Prioritizing Healing Through Art During COVID-19: Q&A with Cultural Architect Damon Turner April 30, 2020. Our Prism. Patrisse and art curator Autumn Breon Williams met with cultural architect Damon Turner for an interview on art and its impact on the pandemic (and visa versa) in Patrisse’s Prism series on conversations about the impact of COVID-19

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New PBS Documentary, ‘Bedlam,’ Spotlights How People with Mental Illness Are Funneled into Prisons April 13, 2020. Our Prism. COVID-19 has highlighted the existence of a pandemic, and it’s not the novel coronavirus. A virus that has festered for far too long is how the prison system treats the mentally ill, and this PBS documentary

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The Role of Art and Music During a Pandemic: Q&A with Grammy-Nominated Artist Nana Kwabena April 29, 2020. Our Prism. Patrisse and art curator Autumn Breon Williams sat down with grammy-nominated artist Nana Kwabena to discuss how musical artists are expressing themselves during these strange times and why art in general is so essential to

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Op-ed: For Ahmaud Arbery, a Prayer for the Runner May 08, 2020. Mic.com. Ahmaud Arbery was just 25 years old when he was chased and killed by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood where he lived. Patrisse Cullors and Damon Turner wrote this prayer in honor of those who run from fear of

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Why COVID-19 Means Inmates with Minor Offenses Should Be Freed May 20, 2020. Complex. Many convicts, especially Black people, are in jail because of non-violent crimes like marijuana possession; they are serving time for a substance that was once a crime, and is now considered in many states an essential industry. And yet they are

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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

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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

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