ACTIVIST, EDITOR, & CO-FOUNDER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
Alicia Garza is an editor, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter based in Oakland, CA. Garza is credited with developing the call to action. After the acquittal George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Garza posted on Facebook: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter”. The heartfelt statement went on to inspire a movement which has completely transformed the organizing landscape against police brutality and anti-black racism.
Born on January 4, 1981 Alicia Garza is of Mexican-American and African-American descent. Her movement building work is focused on ending police brutality, stopping violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people, and improving the health outcomes for communities of color.
In 2014, Alicia Garza participated in a profound action of civil disobedience led by Black Lives Matter and the Blackout Collective. Organizers locked themselves to the BART train and were swiftly met by riot police. The action worked to bring awareness to the injustices faced by members of the Oakland community including the late Oscar Grant.
Presently, Garza directs Special Projects at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Alicia Garza served as the director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights, is on the board of directors of Forward Together's Oakland California branch, and is involved with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity.
Alicia’s work has been published by the Guardian, the Nation, the Feminist Wire, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, and Truth-out. She has been honored by The Root, Politico, The Advocate, and has received numerous recognitions for her advocacy work.
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. The Official #BlackLivesMatter Organization was founded by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza. #BlackLivesMatter is an online forum intended to build connections between Black people and their allies to fight anti-Black racism, to spark dialogue among Black people, and to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement. #BlackLivesMatter has become the most important movement in recent history.