About Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter, often referred to as BLM, is one of the most important and influential social justice organizations in the world. It was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer and has since been working “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” It was established in the United States, but now operates globally in the UK and Canada to fight racial injustice on a worldwide scale. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi began the organization by creating a Black-centered political movement and tagging it online with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Black Lives Matter is both a far-reaching political movement as well as a steadfast organization dedicated to the liberation of Black people across the world. The organization is a decentralized group of like-minded activists who run political demonstrations, write and sponsor petitions, speak out against racial injustice, and defend victims of racial discrimination in all forms. BLM is fiscally sponsored by Thousand Currents, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Thousand Currents sponsors grassroots movements like BLM so that they can do the critical work needed to improve our world and bring justice and equity to all.
Black Lives Matter relies on volunteers to get the work done. There are chapters across the globe, from major hubs like Black Lives Matter Chicago to smaller but still passionate ones in small towns and counties across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Black Lives Matter is a movement, an organization, an outcry for justice, and a saying for liberation. It has impacted millions of people across the globe and will continue to fight for racial equity and social justice until it is achieved.
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