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Black Lives Matter Movement

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Actions (see also Current Events and 2016 Elections)

#YearWithoutTamir Call to Action, Ferguson Tumblr [November 22, 2015]

Organizations Gather to Protest Global Conference of Law Enforcement Chiefs, Black Youth Project, October 22nd, 2015 (archived)

Black Lives Matter Demonstrations Inspire South Florida Photo Exhibit, Local-10, September 4th, 2015 (archived)

Black Lives Matter Protests Matter, Slate, August 17th, 2015

Confederate flag supporters, BlackLivesMatter protesters clash at Florida rally, The Grio, August 17th, 2015

Nine Perfect Clapbacks to Anyone Who Says Black Lives Matter Activism Isn’t Working,, August 17th, 2015

Black Lives Matter, ACT UP, and Let the Naysayers Be Damned, Women in and Beyond the Global, August 12th, 2015

On Ferguson shooting anniversary, Black Lives Matter activists work on what’s next, The Oregonian/Oregon Live, August 8th, 2015

The Black Lives Matter Movement Convenes at AMC2015, Allied Media Projects, August 4th, 2015

Black Disruption Matters, For Harriet, July 30th, 2015 (archived)

Black Lives Matter plans to respond to grand jury’s decision in Sam Dubose case, WLWT-5, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

Photos: Go Inside the Movement for Black Lives National Convening, Colorlines, July 27th, 2015 (archived)

We on the freedom side: why I stood up for Black Lives at Netroots Nation, RH-Reality Check, July 24th, 2015

Police Violence Protesters Announce ‘Which Side Are You On?’ Tour, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 22nd, 2015

Protesters Shout Candidates off Stage: ‘Black Lives Matter!’ July 20th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Disrupts Mike O’Malley, Bernie Sanders Event, Al-Jazeera America, July 18th, 2015

Protesters enter NYC restaurant to remind patrons that BlackLivesMatter, Ben Sutton, Hyperallergic, June 29th, 2015

A-capella performance by Oakland youth choir dedicated to BlackLivesMatter, Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart, June 16th, 2015

The #BlackLivesMatter Movement: Marches and Tweets for Healing, NPR, June 9th, 2015

Black Lives Matter: The Legal Issues Behind the Mall of America Protest, Minnesota Public Radio, February 20th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Group Seeks to #ReclaimMLK with March to Capitol, January 19th, 2015

Why #BlackLivesMatter Actions Aren’t Stopping, The Nation, December 16th, 2014

‘Get on the Bus’: Inside the Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride to Ferguson, Colorlines, September 5th, 2014

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Co-Founders of #BlackLivesMatter: Interviews with, Profiles of, Statements by 

The Bay Area Roots of Black Lives Matter, SF Weekly, November 11th, 2015

Meet the Women Who Created #BlackLivesMatter, Cosmopolitan, October 17th, 2015

We Gon’ Be Alright: Black Love, Black Resistance, and Black Liberation, Alicia Garza for TruthOut, July 31st, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter co-founder: does Bill O’Reilly want a country where police kill black people daily? The Raw Story, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

What I Meant When I Said that ‘Black Lives Matter,’ Alicia Garza in the San Francisco Bay View, July 25th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Founders Discuss Charleston, the Presidential Race, and Black Spring, Essence, July 24th, 2015


Credit: Madame Noir

A Short History of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, The Real News, July 23rd, 2015

BlackLivesMatter CoFounder on Why the Movement is More Vital Now Than Ever, She Knows, July 19th, 2015

Founders of #BlackLivesMatter: Getting Credit for Your Work Matters,, July 19th, 2015

They Started a Hashtag and a Civil Rights Movement, Public Radio International, July 17th, 2015

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of BlackLivesMatter, The Nation, June 2nd, 2015

Alicia Garza on the Hashtag that Became a Civil Rights Movement, TruthOut, May 7th, 2015

The Three Women Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement, Madame Noir, May 4th, 2015

A Q&A with Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of BlackLivesMatter, The Nation, March 24th, 2015

On Black Lives Matter: An Interview with Patrisse Cullors, Annenberg Media Center – USC, January 7th, 2015

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, Alicia Garza, The Feminist Wire, October 7th, 2014

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General News and Commentary

Black Funeral Directors and the Black Lives Matter Movement, African American Intellectual History Society, January 24th, 2016

Black Lives Matter: A Guide to the Movement, Online Paralegal Programs, Undated 2015

Those who have ears, let them hear: #BlackLivesMatter and the Gospel, Patheos, November 3rd, 2015

Obama Defends Black Lives Matter Movement, ABC News, October 22nd, 2015

Is Black Lives Matter Protecting Police Unions? USA Today, September 17th, 2015

The Ferguson Commission won’t bring change: Black Lives Matter will, The Guardian, September 15th, 2015

Former Pastor to Obama Discusses Black Lives Matter, role of churches in social activism, The Missourian, September 10th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Reclaims the 14th Amendment, Delaware Online, September 7th, 2015 (archived)

The Truth About Black Lives Matter, New York Times editorial board, September 3rd, 2015

Conservatives Are Missing the Point of Black Lives Matter, The Atlantic, August 26th, 2015

Before #BlackLivesMatter Was a Hashtag, It Was These Men’s Crusade, Dallas Morning News, August 17th, 2015

The 400-year struggle for black equality doesn’t end with #blacklivesmatter, PBS News Hour, August 17th, 2015

Rising Up Against Police Violence: From the Black Panthers to #BlackLivesMatter, The Intercept, August 16th, 2015

How Black Lives Matter Changed My Theology, Sojourners, August 14th, 2015

Dear #BlackLivesMatter: We Don’t Need Black Leadership, Orchestrated Pulse, August 10th, 2015

Listen to the 1930s Poem That Is the Perfect #BlackLivesMatter Tribute, Huffington Post, August 6th, 2015 – additional coverage from

Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as “Threat Actors” by Cyber-security Firm, Mother Jones, August 3rd, 2015

The History of Black August, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, August 1st, 2015 (archived)

Twitter Uses #AllLionsMatter to Mock Race Baiting Over Black Lives Matter, Think Progress, July 31st, 2015

No Mourning, No Peace: Sam Dubose, Sandra Bland, and Why Black Lives Don’t Matter (Yet), Salon, July 30th, 2015 (archived)

Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: ‘I Take My Orders from Queer Women,’ TruthOut, July 24th, 2015

Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson, The Intercept, July 24th, 2015

Sandra Bland Shows the Necessity of the Black Lives Matter Movement, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, July 23rd, 2015

This is a Movement, Not a Moment, Sonali Kolhatkar in TruthDig, July 23rd, 2015


Credit: Alicia Nauta

The Motivating Forces Behind Black Lives Matter, Tasbeeh Herwees, Good Magazine, July 20th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: We Are in a State of Emergency, The New Republic, July 20th, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter: The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement, The Guardian, July 19th, 2015

Nate Silver: For Black Americans, U.S. is as Dangerous as War-Torn Countries like Rwanda and Myanmar, Daily Kos, July 16th, 2015 – more coverage from The Raw Story

The Painful and Dangerous Message: Only Black Deaths Matter, Groundswell, July 13th, 2015

Black Lives Matter coverage from TeleSur (english), July 12th, 2015

Black Lives Matter was Created Two Years Ago, And it Still Matters Today, Darnell Moore,, July 13th, 2015

So, Do Black Lives Matter? Mahir Ali, Arab News, June 25th, 2015

Black Lives Matter: Tamir Rice and the Meaning of ‘No Justice No Peace’ by Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report, June 19th, 2015

Juneteenth: 150 Years Later, Black Lives Matter, Yvette Caslin for Rolling Out, June 19th, 2015

Terrorism in Charleston demands the Federal Government Act Like Black Lives Matter, Rev. Broderick Greer in The Guardian, June 18th, 2015

Six dads on what Black fatherhood means in the age of BlackLivesMatter, Zeba Blay for The Huffington Post, June 18th, 2015

Modern U.S. Black Mass Movements and the Limits of Non-Violence, Lorenzo St.-Dubois, Black Agenda Report, June 16th, 2015

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter, The Atlantic (video-essay), January 12th, 2015

Staying Focused in the Movement for Racial Justice, Opal Tometi in the Huffington Post, December 12th, 2014

Ferguson October and #Black Lives Matter, Interaction Institute for Social Change, October 15th, 2014

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Global/Transnational (see also Immigration)

Black Lives Matter Has Become a Global Movement, The Root, August 7th, 2015

Black Immigrants’ Lives Matter: Transforming the Dialogue on Immigrant Detention, Truth Out, July 22nd, 2015

It’s Time for a Global Movement to Stop Anti-Black Racism in the Dominican Republic, Huffington Post, July 7th, 2015

Black Lives Matter, Beyond Borders, Tia Oso, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, July 7th, 2015 (archived)

How Black Lives Matter Has Turned Into a Global Movement to End Racist Policing, Amien Essif, In These Times, June 29th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Movement Transcends Borders, NPR, June 26th, 2015

Connecting the Plight of Dominican-Born Haitians to BlackLivesMatter, Rachel Gebreyes for the Huffington Post, June 18th, 2015

Protests Go Global as Ethiopians March Against Police Brutality in Tel Aviv, Common Dreams, May 3rd, 2015

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Solidarity & Struggles

See also: Gender and Sexuality –> Women of Color, Immigration–> Latino Lives Matter, Native Peoples –> Native Lives Matter

Why Muslims Must Support #BlackLivesMatter, Huffington Post, December 31st, 2015

Why BLM Activists are Showing Up for a Palestinian Woman Threatened with Deportation, Feministing, November 4th, 2015

Five reasons Latinos should support Black Lives Matter, Latina, November 3rd, 2015

A Letter to #JewishLivesMatter / #IsraeliLivesMatter, Jew School, October 21st, 2015

All Lives Matter, News & Observer, September 2nd, 2015

Disabled Black Lives Matter, Huffington Post, September 1st, 2015

This is what white people can do to support #BlackLivesMatter, Washington Post, August 6th, 2015

Why I’ve Never Supported (the hashtag) #BlackLivesMatter, Huffington Post, July 31st, 2015 (archived)

No Time for White Guilt: Why I’m Skeptical of White Allies, For Harriet, July 27th, 2015

Sikh Americans Should Show Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter, Huffington Post, July 16th, 2015

I am a White Christian and Black Lives Matter, Huffington Post, July 15th, 2015

I am Muslim and I Am Black Lives Matter, Huffington Post, July 15th, 2015

How Conservatives and Liberals Misappropriate #BlackLivesMatter, RH-Reality Check, July 14th, 2015

Black Lives Matter to Maine’s Reproductive Justice Organizations, Samaa Abdurraqib and Jennifer Thibodeau for the Bangor Daily News

Justice for all minorities? The American Spectator, June 15th, 2015

The Fight for the Soul of the Black Lives Matter Movement, The Gothamist, April 7th, 2015 (archived)

#BackLivesMatter Founders: Please Stop Co-opting our Hashtag, The Raw Story, March 17th, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter Should Contend With Community Violence, Too, Huffington Post, January 30th, 2015

Do Black Lives Matter to Asian Americans? The Rafu Shimpo, December 24th, 2014

Showing Up for Black Lives Matter, Hyphen – Asian America Unabridged, December 18th, 2014

Black LGBT Faith Leaders on Why Black Lives Matter, December 17th, 2014 (archived)

Asian American Solidarity Statements and Articles in Support of #BlackLivesMatter, Seeding Change, December 11th, 2014

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, Alicia Garza, The Feminist Wire, October 7th, 2014

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Backlash Against

Fresno police using software to track Black Lives Matter activists, SF-ist, December 15th, 2015

‘Black Lives Matter’ Under Watch, The Skanner, November 12th, 2015 (archived)

The Co-opting of Black Lives Matter Might Be Its Downfall, New York Post, October 29th, 2015

The movement against police violence isn’t ignoring ‘black on black’ crime, The Nation, October 29th, 2015

Students gather after vandalism to #BlackLivesMatter flyer, The Duke Chronicle, October 23rd, 2015

‘Domestic Terrorists’: Georgia sheriff says Black Lives Matter is fueling the ‘slaughter’ of cops, The Raw Story, September 15th, 2015

Sheriff David Clarke, NRA, take on cop-haters, Black Lives Matter, in new ad, The Examiner, September 12th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Agenda is Costing Black Lives, Real Clear Politics, September 8th, 2015

Demonizing #BlackLivesMatter: the latest obstacle to criminal justice reform, Justia – Verdict, September 8th, 2015

Black Lives Matter under fire as a ‘hate group,’ WND, September 6th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Backlash Gets Real, The Root, September 4th, 2015

Fox News says Black Lives Matter incites violence, Vox, September 2nd, 2015

Why it’s hard to get behind Black Lives Matter, News & Observer, September 1st, 2015

An ‘unarmed’ white teen was shot dead by police. His family asks, ‘where’s the outrage?’ Washington Post, August 6th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as “Threat Actors” by Cyber-security Firm, Mother Jones, August 3rd, 2015

‘Black Lives Matter’ becomes ‘Lives Matter’ after sign ripped outside Bethesda church, Washington Post, July 29th, 2015 — see related news of the same sign being vandalized a second time, a sign vandalized in Mt. Pleasant (DC) on August 5th, and another sign slashed in Hartland, WI on August 11th, 2015

Heather McDonald: #BlackLIvesMatter is a Tragic Diversion, Legal Insurrection, July 26th, 2015

Why the government’s monitoring of BlackLivesMatter should come as no surprise, Fusion, July 25th, 2015

Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson, The Intercept, July 24th, 2015 – additional coverage from the Center for Research on Globalization

BlackLivesMatter Pay Homage to Marxist Cop Killer at Every Event it Holds, Breitbart News, July 23rd, 2015

Can a BlackLivesMatter Twitter Bot Support Activism and Silence Trolls? The Guardian, July 22nd, 2015 – additional coverage from Mashable

White Tears, #AllLivesMatter are attempts to steer spotlight off black suffering, The Grio, July 22nd, 2015

You Mean, Only Some Lives Matter? Chicago Tribune op-ed, July 21st, 2015

Police Brutality and Racism, or Millenials’ Lack of Respect for Authority? The Blaze, July 9th, 2015

‘Absolutely Sickening’: Blaze Readers React to Obama’s Controversial Charleston Comments, The Blaze, June 21st, 2015

A guide to debunking the need for ‘All Lives Matter’ and its rhetorical cousins, Fusion, June 15th, 2015

New billboard in Memphis puts twist on BlackLivesMatter, WMC Memphis, June 13th, 2015

Michigan candidate strongly disagrees that black lives matter, by Travis Getty for the Raw Story, June 12th, 2015

Sean Hannity, Guest, Clash Over BlackLivesMatter, Oliver Darcy for The Blaze, June 10th, 2015

Rise in Crime is Reason to Fear Anti-Police Rhetoric, New York Times, June 4th, 2015

Community forum set in response to ‘#Whitelivesmatter’ flyers, Westport News, May 12th, 2015

What’s Wrong with ‘All Lives Matter’? (Interview with Judith Butler), New York Times opinionator blog, January 12th, 2015

Black Lives Matter, The National Review, December 1st, 2014

Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter, the Huffington Post, November 25th, 2014

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Groups listed here focus specifically on issues of race and criminal justice. For a broader list of organizations, check out Activism –> Organizations

Black Lives Matter – official website

Black Youth Project 100 – activist group for black youth (18 – 35 yrs.)

Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow – based out of Wilmington, DE

Hands Up United – learn more on their Facebook page

Justice For Our Lives – gallery of free images for demonstrations – Justice For [Victims of Brutality]

Law for Black Lives – lawyers working for racial justice, project of Center for Constitutional rights

Movement for Black Lives website

Never 21 – Memorializing black youth killed by police

#SayHerName – Resisting police brutality against black women (project of the African American Policy Forum)

United Against Police Terror – San Diego

News about organizations & organizational issues:

The Long Sad Slide From Leading Civil Rights Organization to Anti-Black Lives Matter Group (critique of CORE), The Intercept, August 17th, 2015

A Year After Ferguson, U.S. Civil Rights Groups Gather Pace, Grand Forks Daily Herald (from Reuters), July 17th, 2015

The NAACP and Black Lives Matter Are Talking Past Each Other, BuzzFeed, July 16th, 2015

In the Age of #BlackLivesMatter, the NAACP Tries to Reach a Younger Generation, NPR, July 15th, 2015

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