Activism promotes positive change in our society. We show personalities who inspire us to become active ourselves
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The George Floyd case has sparked a global movement of protests against racial, systemic and social injustice. The fact that the Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly coming into social focus due to the media attention to the incident is an important development. However, as attention grows, the relevance of the topic is not new. In addition to racism, police violence against marginalized groups is a problem that has existed for many years. And the Black Lives Matter Global Network has been in existence since 2013 for precisely this reason. This makes it clear that peaceful protests and the fight for justice must take place beyond acute events. We must continuously and sustainably fight for positive change and actually achieve it. How this works is shown by many activists who have committed themselves to the fight for justice with their activism.
5 personalities whose activism inspires us to be part of promoting positive change
- Patrisse Cullors-Brignac
- Tamika D. Mallory
- Livia Rose Johnson
- Brittany Packnett Cunningham
- Blair Imani
1. Patrisse Cullors-Brignac
@osopepatrisse is an artist, educator and one of the most important figures of the activism scene, which fights against racist and systemic injustice. In 2013 she co-founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network. While this started as the viral #BlackLivesMatter, it has now become the world's most relevant organization against racism and the motto of the current, peaceful protests. In addition to her key role in BLM, Cullors-Brignac founded Dignity and Power Now, an initiative to reform LA prisons and fight for the dignity and fundamental rights of inmates.
Current relevance: The reason for the growth of the Black Lives Matter network founded by Cullors-Brignac is the recurring pattern of brutal violence against African American people in recent years. The fact that the #BlackLivesMatter is by no means new, although many people are dealing with it for the first time due to the current media interest, emphasizes the importance of activists like Cullors-Brignac. In this sense, it makes clear that the support of the network can not only take place at given times and events that shake the world. Rather, it is important to remain active until positive - possibly systemic - change occurs.
2. Tamika D. Mallory
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I was 15 years old with a passion for social justice. I had the keen ability to notice injustice in society. It was an uncomfortable feeling because most of my friends were focused on being teenagers. Meanwhile, I was watching the news and going to rallies. The young, “cool people” on television weren't like me. They didn't seem to concern themselves with community issues. I felt awkward. I was obsessed with helping people. One Saturday morning, while watching a town-hall special, I saw @sistersouljah speak. She was standing up for marginalized people with a power in her voice that spoke to my soul. She was smart and courageous. I was mesmerized. I made something. Finally, I knew I was #NotTheFirst little black girl from the hood with a fighting spirit. Sister Souljah gave me permission to be me. She gave me permission to feel cool while being a freedom fighter. I've had the pleasure of partnering with @secretdeodorant to share my #NottheFirst story and together we will be donating to @eglpuds (Partners Uplifting our Daughters and Sons) that invest in building leadership and entrepreneurship skills of young people of color through their initiative @thevipcoalition. #AllStrengthNoSweat, #IWD, #SecretDeoPartner
@tamikadmallory is an activist from Harlem, New York City who has been involved in civil rights organizations since she was 11. She has now taken on a leading role in modern activism for human rights, equality and general social justice. In doing so, she positions herself as an advocate of feminism, LGBT rights, gun control and Black Lives Matter. In 2017, as co-chair of the Women's March and founded the largest one-day protest in US history Until Freedom. It is an intersectional activism organization that works against systemic and racial injustice.
Current relevance: Although Mallory has been campaigning for ethical behavior by the police and social justice for years, her activism is increasingly coming into focus due to the current situation in the USA. In response to the tragic murder of George Floyd, she gave a speech at a press conference in Minneapolis. In it, she articulated the pain of the Black Community and called for more courage, compassion and justice. Your emotional message gained international resonance and emphasizes the importance of the BLM movement - this is how the activist encourages people worldwide to fight for positive change.
3. Livia Rose Johnson
Before the protests that unfolded in response to George Floyd's cruel fate not only in the United States but around the world, the 20-year-old New Yorker could not imagine being an activist. The reason: your fear of speaking in public. However, when @liviarosejohnson took part in a peaceful protest that was carried out without a leading voice, she quickly took command. According to her own statement, she was able to overcome her fear by thinking of her little brothers and by growing her fighting spirit through the desire to give them a just future. Since then she has founded Warriors in the Garden, a young activist group, and organized peaceful protests in the course of this. It takes on the leading role in mobilizing the participants.
Current relevance: The story of the young activist shows that it is worth overcoming your own fears in order to stand up for a major goal for society as a whole. It serves as an inspiration for the generations who can now actively contribute to the creation of a positive future. In November 2020 Johnson will be able to take part in the presidential election for the first time - a privilege for her that motivates her to continue to get involved in order to achieve social justice and to find ways to integrate equals into politics. In this way, the political engagement of young people is to be promoted beyond the current protests in order to fundamentally combat racial and social injustice through peaceful activism.
4. Brittany Packnett Cunningham
@mspackyetti is an American activist, educator, writer, and co-host of the political podcast Pod Save the People. Together with other important figures from the activism scene such as DeRay Mckesson and Samuel Sinyangwe, she discusses social injustice and addresses current challenges as well as concrete solutions. John Legend and Katy Perry are among the numerous well-known guests on the podcast. She also works as a speaker because of her expertise in the areas of social change, education, diversity and public accountability.
Current relevance: Since a police murder in 2014, Packnett Cunningham has been actively involved in demonstrations against police violence. Her commitment quickly made her a key figure on Black Twitter. The following year she founded Campaign Zero. It is a political reform campaign to reduce police violence. She also became Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force appointed - an effort to build trust between the police and citizens. Today, given current events, a quote from the activist comes into focus. In this, she calls on America to ask itself why it is the viral, media consumption of black suffering that leads to it becoming active. As this is currently being confirmed, it should now inspire people to stand up for justice just like the activist.
5. Blair Imani
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Today in 2017 I * unintentionally * came out on LIVE NATIONAL TELEVISION. The show? Tucker Carlson Tonight. You see, I was there to speak up about Muslims in Australia & how tax payer money should be used to enrich communities instead of policing and surveilling us but while correcting him about my identity as a Black queer Muslim woman ... I came out as QUEER on national TV. Honestly, it's not my best interview, but I left Tucker speechless a few times. I walked away from it not even being able to gage if I got my point across because suddenly EVERYONE FOUND OUT THAT I AM QUEER. The threats, & even the support, I received the following that moment, completely changed my life. I've learned a lot, namely, never to go on a conservative talk show without a plan of action for backlash. I want to first and foremost thank @sarahkateellis & @glaad for coming to my rescue and helping me deal with the fallout & sudden press interest. Tucker Carlson is dangerous. Tucker Carlson should be immediately deplatformed. His show is a mobilization tool for white supremacists. Violent and armed white supremacists. His words are venomous and he should be taken off the air. Today, I'm a public figure and y'all know me for my advocacy around antiracism, honest history, LGBTQ rights & more. Back then, I was keeping part of my self hidden in the hopes it would help me stay in the good graces of people (homophobes) that I never should have been trying to impress in the first place. Sure, since coming out I've been ostracized and I've lost opportunities but Alhamdulilah being an out and proud Muslim is a blessing that every closeted person of faith deserves to experience. So, happy personal coming out day to me. Photo by @liaclay scarf by @mogafashion.
@blairiman is a writer, mental health advocate, and activist who identifies as African American, queer, and Muslim. Women's rights and the global black and LGBT community at the center of her books. Also her podcast America Did What ?! describes the challenges faced by these groups. She is also the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, which is a progressive Muslim organization that supports and founded LGBT Rights Equality HER, a platform for the empowerment of women and non-binary people, in 2014. Her courage to stand up for the rights of her community - including in all its facets - also led her to the top of the Black Lives Matter protests and helped her to expand her platform . Her TED Talk went in particular "Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile" viral and has sparked an important discourse on the intersectionality of different identities.
Current relevance: The first event of LGBT Pride Month 2020 was dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Both movements were originally founded by colored, queer people and aim to counteract systemic, cultural and institutional intolerance and discrimination. In this sense, many protests unite the concerns of both communities. This proves that different group affiliations are not mutually exclusive. Imani is an example of how people can identify freely and individually. Justice must apply to everyone without compromise.