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21 — 25 April 2021 | Leuven, Belgium
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    Alicia Garza
    co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, principal at Black Futures Lab
    Alicia Garza
    US

    Alicia Garza

    Alicia Garcia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve – to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist and organizer, she founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. 

    Garcia is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in four countries. She also serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s premier voice for millions of domestic workers in the US. Additionally, Alicia is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. 

    A powerful voice in the media, Garcia frequently contributes thoughtful opinion pieces and expert commentary on politics, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. Her work is featured in Time, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle and Essence. 
    She has received numerous accolades and recognitions, including TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (September 2020), TIME’s 100 Women of the Year (March 2020), Bloomberg 50 (2020), and BBC’s 100 Women 2020. She has received the Sydney Peace Prize, Adweek Beacon Award, Glamour’s Women of the Year Award, Marie Claire’s New Guard Award, and was honored as the Community Change Agent at BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards. 

    Alicia’s first book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture. She warns that hashtags don’t start movements. People do.