Today on Feminist Magazine we heard from organizers, scholars, and feminists Analena Hope and Kai M Green on the Justice for Trayvon Martin (#J4TMLA) and Black Lives Matter (#blacklivesmatter) campaigns, and how they are building alternatives to the world they are critiquing — especially after the latest in a series of verdicts affirming the racism of the “justice” system with the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Both Analena and Kai have written great pieces on the subject, which served as inspiration for our talk. We took the conversation upstairs after the live broadcast on KPFK 90.7FM and kept talking organizing, feminism, youth activism and why we must tell our own stories. Listen to the EXTENDED INTERVIEW below!
Analena Hope is a scholar, activist, and educator committed to organizing low-income communities of color around food justice. She is a PhD Candidate at USC, as well as a member of groups such as the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA County Jails, the Dignity and Power Editorial Collective, and a board member of Community Services Unlimited: a South L.A. based nonprofit organization that works to create equitable, healthful, sustainable and self-reliant communities. She is the author of “Resisting the Devaluation of Our Lives and Our Stories.”
Kai M. Green is a feminist, scholar, activist, poet, and filmmaker from Oakland, CA. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is also completing his PhD at USC. He is a member of the community Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails and also an organizer with Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). He is the author of “If Our Freedom is Criminal, We Must Change the Laws.”