‘My work is about uprooting structural racism from every aspect of our society — our economy, our government and our communities.’
By Alicia Garza, Opinion Contributor, USA TODAY
Black communities should be powerful. We deserve dignity, fairness and justice.
Those core beliefs have shaped my work for the past two decades.
I helped start the Black Lives Matter Global Network, with my sisters Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, in 2013 when George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin. And it now has chapters around the world.
I started the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund to make us powerful in politics. I joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance — a workers’ rights organization — just a few short months before we launched Black Lives Matter.
We are in the midst of a Black rebellion, spurred by decades of unequal treatment and undue violence against our communities, and Black domestic workers are no exception to this rule.