PATRISSE CULLORS, co-founder of Black Lives Matter with YAMICHE ALCINDOR
September 24, 2020 / 7:00 pm EDT
Pictured from left to right: Patrisse Cullors and Yamiche Alcindor
Cullors became an activist as a teenager, joining the Bus Riders Union, an organization founded in 1994 to combat racial discrimination in the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed with a 71% landslide victory in March 2020.
Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network movement in 2013 after sparking the viral Twitter hashtag. The movement has since expanded into an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world campaigning against anti-Black racism. Her work for Black Lives Matter received recognition in TIME Magazine’s 2020 100 Women of the Year project.
In addition to authoring the memoir “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir,” an instant New York Times bestseller, she also founded the Los Angeles-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. From 2016-2018, she worked as a senior fellow at MomsRising, working on federal legislation that will change the outcomes of maternal mortality, especially in Black women.
Yamiche Alcindor, guest moderator
As White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing critical political issues of our time. She traveled to places like Belgium for the 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting and Helsinki, Finland, to cover President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She’s also an NBC and MSNBC political contributor, appearing on Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, Hardball with Chris Matthews and Meet the Press.
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