EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Garza on What’s Missing from the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Liz Adetiba and Jordie Davies


The Oakland-based organizer and activist Alicia Garza, who is also the originator of the Black Lives Matter rallying cry and one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Network, thinks Black people have a lot to talk about outside of police violence. In this interview, we discussed with Garza what she believed is missing from the movement, how it is portrayed in the media, and the various points of entry for activism–from politics to protest.

President Obama

Obama Asks Kaepernick To Consider Military Families While He Protests

Colin Kaepernick has gone to great lengths to show that while he’s protesting the National Anthem, he has great respect for members of the military and their sacrifices. Despite this, many people feel that anything but unapologetic support for all things tied to American symbolism is un-American.

While he originally supported Kaepernick’s freedom of speech, and his cause, President Barack Obama recently came out to ask the football player, and other athletes, to consider military members and families during their protest. As if they weren’t already.


Marshawn Lynch On Kaep: ‘I’d Rather See Him Take A Knee Than Stand Up…And Get Murdered’

Marshawn Lynch has been a real dude since high school. Growing up in Oakland, witnessing ongoing police violence and brutality can have that effect on an individual. During a recent discussion with Conan O’Brien, Lynch explained how he feels about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem and what it means for justice.


In Case You Were Wondering, Here Is How People Of Color ‘Should’ Protest

Following Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, debate has grown about the ways people of color should protest. Yes, many white people have completely missed the point that Kaepernick and so many others are making when they stand up against police violence against Black people: that people of color should have freedom to exist in whatever way they please.

Instead, many white people focus on how uncomfortable they feel that people of color would do or say anything at all in opposition to systems of oppression. In response, Seriously.TV has made a new video showing just how problematic it is to tell people of color how they should protest.


Here’s what you need to know about the Dakota Access Pipeline and #NoDAPL

Last week, a heated conflict between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the federal government came to a head: after a district court ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act in their construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), three federal agencies blocked further construction of the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe, a major water source for the tribe.


Seattle Seahawks Reportedly Have A “Big Surprise” For The National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit – then kneel – for the National Anthem is spreading like prairie fire. As individual players throughout the NFL are coming out to show their support, the Seattle Seahawks may be taking it to a much higher level.

While we don’t have many details as to what the team has planned, various players have hinted that they’ll be coming together for some sort of demonstration during the playing of the National Anthem this Sunday, which will also be Sept. 11. 


#FreedomNow Campaign Organizes Protests Across the Nation

On Wednesday, a collective of activist organizations in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Washington DC, protested police unions, especially the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which they claim protects police officers who kill unarmed black people.

The organizations involved in the mass protest movement include Black Lives Matter, the Black Youth Project 100, Million Hoodies, Project South, Blackout Collective, St. Louis Action Council, Organization for Black Struggle, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Movement for Black Lives as parts of the #FreedomNow campaign. The campaign will have two days of action (July 20th and 21st) all over the nation.