Alicia Garza

Principal, Black Futures Lab; Author; Co-founder, The Black Lives Matter Global Network
Alicia garza Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: The Purpose of Power

5 p.m. Tuesday, May 4

When Alicia Garza wrote a love letter to Black people on Facebook, she launched the now-famous hashtag #blacklivesmatter. But she wants us to understand: A hashtag is not a movement. Organizing for change comes from the grassroots, and is the key to a better, more equitable future. She will be joined by Errin Haines, founder and Editor-at-Large for The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering the intersection of women, politics and policy, and an MSNBC Contributor. She is an award-winning political journalist focused on issues of race, gender and politics.


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About Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (One World Penguin Random House). Find Alicia on Instagram and Twitter.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.