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 led to a global movement of protests against racial, systemic and social injustice. An important development is that the Black Lives Matter movement is increasingly coming into focus due to the media attention to the incident. 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 that too Black Lives Matter Global Network It is precisely for this reason that it has been in existence since 2013. This shows that peaceful protests and the fight for justice must come out of acute events. It must be continuously and sustainably fought for positive change and actually to achieve it. How this works is shown by many activists who are committed 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 in the activism scene that fights racist and systemic injustice. In 2013 she was co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. While it started as a viral #BlackLivesMatter, it has now become the most relevant organization against racism in the world 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 growth of the Black Lives Matter network founded by Cullors-Brignac is due to the recurring pattern of brutal violence against African-American people in recent years. The fact that the #BlackLivesMatter is by no means new, but that many people are dealing with it for the first time due to current media interest, emphasizes the importance of activists like Cullors-Brignac. And in this sense makes it 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 there is positive - possibly systemic - change.
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 what. 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. In the meantime, she has taken on a leading role in modern activism for human rights, equality and general social justice. In doing so, she positions herself as a supporter of feminism, LGBT rights, gun control and Black Lives Matter. In 2017 she organized 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 police behavior and social justice for years, her activism is increasingly coming into focus due to the current situation in the United States. In response to the tragic murder of George Floyd, she made 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 developed in response to George Floyd's cruel fate not only in the United States but worldwide, the 20-year-old New Yorker couldn't imagine being an activist. The reason: your fear of speaking publicly. As @liviarosejohnson However, when she took part in a peaceful protest that was carried out without a leading voice, she quickly took command. She said she was able to overcome her fear by thinking about her little brothers and growing her fighting spirit by wanting to give them a just future. Since then she founded Warriors in the Garden, a young activist group and organizes peaceful protests. It takes 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 big, overall social goal. In this way, it serves as inspiration for the generations who can now actively contribute to shaping a positive future. In November 2020, Johnson will be able to take part in the presidential election for the first time - a privilege that motivates her to continue to work to achieve social justice and find ways to integrate like-minded people into politics. The aim is to promote the political engagement of young people 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, author and co-host of the political podcast Pod Save the People. Together with other important figures in 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 of the podcast. She also works as a speaker due to 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. Through her engagement, she quickly became a key figure in 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 called - an effort to strengthen trust between police and citizens. Today, in view of current events, a quote from the activist comes into focus. In this she calls on America to ask why it is only the viral, media consumption of black suffering that leads to action. Since this is currently being confirmed, it should now inspire people, just like the activist, to work sustainably for justice.
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 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 an author, advocate for mental health and an activist who identifies herself as Afro-American, queer and Muslim. Women's rights and the global black as well as the LGBT community are the focus of their books. Her podcast too America Did What ?! describes the challenges of these groups. She is also the official ambassador for 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 triggered 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 counter systemic, cultural and institutional intolerance and discrimination. In this sense, many protests unite the concerns of both communities. This proves that different group memberships are not mutually exclusive. Imani is an example of how people can identify freely and individually. Justice must apply to everyone without compromise.