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Why I Cheered When Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock 
April 8, 2022
I didn’t watch the Oscars. I was traveling, and working, and organizing.   ... read more »
BLM Hosts Black Media Briefing Surrounding Jussie Smollett Case
March 23, 2022
Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, hosted a Black media briefing addressing the popularity of certain verbiage used by most newsrooms to describe the complexities of the Jussie Smollett Case. ... read more »
Melina Abdullah Headed to Prairie View A&M
March 9, 2022
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has announced that scholar and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, will be the university’s inaugural Activist-In-Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.    ... read more »
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Bass Talks Public Safety, Housing, and Policing at Virtual Community Forum 
March 2, 2022
Mayoral candidate Karen Bass met with more than 50 African American citizens of Los Angeles to outline her agenda regarding several hot-button issues affecting the Black community.  ... read more »
LAPD: Swatting Calls in LA Tied to Suspects in Ohio, New York, Cyprus
November 12, 2021
Los Angeles police today said an investigation into ``swatting'' incidents targeting a leader of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles has tied the crimes to a group believed responsible for those incidents and for nearly three dozen other similar crimes, including bomb threats, that occurred across the United States. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter Leader Victim of Another Apparent Swatting Call
September 30, 2021
A leader of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles who was targeted in a swatting incident last year was the victim of another apparent false emergency call today. ... read more »
Police Force Cutting into Family Ties: 23-Year-Old Targeted by an Order Given by His Uncle
May 20, 2021
On Tuesday, May 10, Attorney Carl Douglas, and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Co-founder Melina Abdullah joined 23-year-old filmmaker Jamal Shakir to announce a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and LAPD police officer, Eric Anderson. The premise of the case sounded like many others, law enforcement using overly aggressive force to manage a peaceful protest, but for Shakir, the order for his attack came directly from a family member. ... read more »
BLM L.A. Discusses African American “Distrust” of the COVID-19 Vaccine
December 24, 2020
Now that both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and are beginning to roll out, hesitancy is growing among Americans about receiving them. ... read more »
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Black Lives Matter responds to President Obama with the launch of the Snappy Slogan campaign
December 7, 2020
The Black Lives Matter PAC responds to former President Barack Obama’s recent remarks about “losing people with snappy slogans” and formally announces the launch of the organization's Snappy Slogan campaign. The campaign can be found at www.snappyslogan.com.  President Obama thinks you lose people with snappy slogans like #DefundThePolice. Our movement believes when leaders waste time criticizing a hashtag instead of talking about stopping the murders committed by law enforcement and white supremacists, we lose Black lives. If the former President is worried about whether #DefundThePolice is the right slogan, we must make it known that this is the type of leadership that is a part of the problem.  ... read more »
The Urgency of Black Lives Matter’s #BlackXmas in the Midst of Pandemic
November 26, 2020
As the year comes to a close, it is imperative that we use our collective economic power to transform systems and make Black Lives Matter. ... read more »
Legendary Rapper Snoop Dogg Calls on Voters to Support Herb Wesson and to Vote Early
October 8, 2020
Snoop Dogg, one of the Los Angeles area's most accomplished rap artists, has endorsed Los Angeles Councilman Herb Wesson to become the next Los Angeles County Supervisor. In his message, Snoop encouraged his fans to vote for Wesson for Supervisor and to return their ballots early. ... read more »
Apparent “Swatting” Call Brings Officers to Home of BLM-LA Co-Founder
August 14, 2020
Officers were sent shortly before 9 a.m. to Abdullah's home near Crenshaw and West Washington boulevards on a call that three people were being held hostage by a man with a gun, according to the LAPD.     "After the officers were able to verify the safety of the residents, the on-scene investigation determined the call was a hoax," according to an LAPD statement that said the Major Crimes Division will assist in the investigation.  ... read more »
Husband of DA charged with pulling gun on protesters in LA
August 4, 2020
The husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple’s home the day before she faced a primary election in March. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter at 7 Years and the Meaning of this Movement-Moment
July 9, 2020
“We are the diviners of change!” proclaims Janaya “Future” Khan. Three thousand people … significantly young and Black … fill the massive concrete steps at Los Angeles City Hall, pouring out onto the sidewalk, into the street, extending the length of the block and into Grand Park. The hotter-than-July sun shines on the faces of Youth Vanguard members who just finished speaking about their recent victory in LAUSD – ousting police from school campuses and cutting their budget by 35%. ... read more »
Words of the Week – The House is on Fire!
July 9, 2020
The house is on fire and it is burning down, and it should burn down. ... read more »
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