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Trump’s latest travel ban is an attack on Africans

Our collective power is ultimately what’s at stake when borders are closed and access is denied. We must stand together with dignity, continuing to advocate for all. This large march toward justice is ultimately the greatest fear of the Trump administration.

Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter

Opal Tometi: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is about ensuring that all people of African descent are treated with the dignity and respect that we deserve. It’s about justice for all of us, and this includes those of us who live on the continent and throughout the diaspora. When we say these three words – Black lives matter – it means all of us no matter where we reside. All Black people can trace their roots back to somewhere on the African continent. And the goal is to repair and rectify the harm and trauma that has been done by colonialism and the legacy of it — which has led to the injustices we see today both in the Americas, but also in many African countries.

The 2016 Webby Awards: Social Movement of the Year

The 2016 Webby Awards: Social Movement of the Year

The Webby Awards are humbled to recognize Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi & Patrisse Cullors, the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter organization, with The Webby Social Movement of the Year Award for their roles in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The New Civil Rights Leaders

The New Civil Rights Leaders

Opal Tometi’s interest in immigration reform was born out of personal experience. Tometi grew up in Phoenix—”ground zero for the anti-immigration movement,” she says—and is the child of immigrants. Her parents moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1983, and Tometi, 30, was raised in a close-knit community of Nigerian immigrants.

Immigration Plight

Immigration Plight

Meet Opal Tometi, a first generation Nigerian American who is making her mark as the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

The Root: Top 100 List

The Root: Top 100 List

Opal Tometi, like her cohorts, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, is invested in taking Black Lives Matter beyond police brutality, and her work addresses everything from mass criminalization to the adverse impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on communities of color.

THE DISRUPTORS

THE DISRUPTORS

A shift has occurred in the year since Michael Brown’s death sparked unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. National conversations have arisen around issues affecting the black community in America: police brutality, economic injustice, racial inequality.

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter

A Q&A With Opal Tometi, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter

While the media still primarily pay attention to institutionalized racism when a black heterosexual cisgender man is killed by police, organizers on the ground are looking to grow a movement that ensures liberation across sexual, gender, and class identity.

Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming Our Movement Legacy

Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming Our Movement Legacy

Dr. King nurtured visions of a movement that could restore a deep and abiding love for all of humanity; a world where the restoration of democracy and full citizenship, of an economic system that could provide for everyone, and an end to war and militarization.

The New Leaders of Social Justice

The New Leaders of Social Justice

#BlackLivesMatter has been shouted and mentioned across the country from the The White House to the the front lines of marches to every single social media outlet.

What leading feminists want to accomplish this year

What leading feminists want to accomplish this year

“In 2015 I want to see our communities continue to rise up to challenge the criminalization of our people. At the national and local level my organization BAJI and the national network we coordinate, the Black Immigration Network, will be campaigning to end mass incarceration, detention and deportation.”