Patrisse Cullors Talks BLM, Police Reform and Why We Need to Support Black Trans Women

On Friday, Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors sat down with Micin a Facebook live video to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, its reputation across the world, as well as transgender support within the black community.

In 2013, Cullors, along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, started the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and subsequent movement to combat police brutality.

“We’re in a moment where Black Lives Matter has inundated every part of society,” she said. “I can get in an Uber, a Lyft, anywhere around the world and say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and people will be like, ‘Yeah, I’ve heard of that.’”

As she pointed out, however, the success of the movement has not come without sacrifices. For Black Lives Matter chapters specifically, all of its members are volunteers who often have day jobs and lives to manage. Some of them, she mentioned, have even been fired from said jobs because of their affiliation with BLM.

Cullors is dedicated to more than one organization. She is also the founder of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization based in Los Angeles that is devoted to fighting on behalf of incarcerated people, their families and their communities. Beyond that she bases her activism on an intersectional platform.

Watch the interview and read the entire piece here.