Aisha K. Staggers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 1, 2015: Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matters speaks to the people gathered at Pershing Square to protest a homeless man who was shot during a confrontation downtown by the LAPD, March 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.. Footage of the shooting went viral after police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man on skidrow. (Photo by Marcus Yam/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

At the age of sixteen, Patrisse Khan-Cullors came out to her family and moved from her home in San Fernando Valley, finding her voice as an advocate for poor, queer, black, and brown women. Khan-Cullors’s social activism began in the arts. In 2012, as a Fulbright scholar at UCLA, she showed her first piece, STAINED: An Intimate Portrait of State Violence, a multimedia performance based on her brother’s brutal treatment by police officers in Los Angeles County. STAINED was presented in intimate settings where only yellow police tape separated the audience from the performers who represented prisoners performing the day-to-day activities allowed, while Patrisse’s voice could be heard reading letters exchanged with her brother detailing the beatings he sustained while incarcerated.…  Seguir leyendo »