Energizing Words of Insight and Hope From Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

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After this marathon week of fireworks, and last week’s, and those of every week and minute, the inspiring words of Alicia Garza are both timely and timeless. Garza co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement when she wrote “Black lives matter” in a Facebook post almost seven years ago, and she’s featured in an insightful, wide-ranging interview this week by NatGeo’s Rachel Hartigan. Since launching the Black Lives Matter Global Network with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Garza has rallied and amplified the voices and lives of countless people who drive change, bearing witness to what has changed and what still needs to. Her interview touches on the construction of the phrase “Black Lives Matters,” the basis for maintaining hope, the ways a movement for change can stay its course, and the unifying threads of collective action. Catch it here, and have a safe, healthy, strengthening weekend. Let us know how you plan to, and stories you’d like boosted, at recharge@motherjones.com.

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