In this episode, guest host Asha Dahya speaks with Alicia Garza - author, political strategist, organizer, founder of Black Futures Lab, co-founder of Supermajority, and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network… among other things!
Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve - to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. In their conversation, Alicia and Asha explore systemic racism and the importance of building power within Black communities, the strength of women and how feminists (especially white ones) can expand their feminism to be more inclusive, the significance of intersectionality, and Alicia’s work creating a new political home for women, strengthening the ecosystem of Black organizing, and telling new stories that highlight Black potential.
Some topics we cover include:
- Alicia's first experience with activism at the age of 12
- Black power and its impact on realizing the true promise of our nation (and world)
- Systemic racism - what it is, historical examples, and how we address it
- The crucial role of intersectionality in creating a more inclusive world
- White feminism, and the importance of asking who is included in your feminism
- The work that's required behind hashtags (as Alicia has said, “Hashtags don't start movements, people do.”)
- Specific issues Alicia focuses on within her anti-racism work - police brutality, mass incarceration, health access, and gender justice
- Why joy and hope are essential to the work
- How you can get involved in shaping the future!
Transcription is available here
Where to find Alicia’s work:
- Alicia’s website
- Black Futures Labholla@blackfutureslab.org
- Black Census
- #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network
- National Domestic Workers Alliance
- Book: The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart - UK | US
Guest host: Asha Dahya
- Book: Today’s Wonder Women - US | UK
- Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Episode sponsor: Narratives of Purpose podcast
Changemakers: How women make change happen
This is the first episode of the new Changemakers series which explores how women make change happen from those at the top helping to drive it. Each episode, we look at where we are on this long march to equality, what lies ahead, and how important you are in the fight.
In this 14-episode series, we’ll hear from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and Afghanistan's youngest ever female mayor Zarifa Ghafari, among others. Guest host Asha Dahya speaks with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Alicia Garza.
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