This week we’re thrilled to have Opal Tometi, activist, advocate and co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Growing up in Phoenix as a child of two immigrant parents, Opal saw firsthand the ways in which racism and immigration policy intermingled to complicate her parents’ safety and stability living in the U.S. As a young adult, a passion for immigration rights then gave way to an interest in the racial justice movement, spurred on by her work for such organizations as the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. The invaluable lesson that Opal has learned through this work is that suffering exists in silence; it is only through calling attention to the racial and social disparities that exist in our country that we can begin to shift towards “a multiracial democracy that works for all of us.”
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- How her personal experience with immigration law led to the passion for the work Opal does today.
- How the Black Lives Matter movement came about.
- Why it’s so important to vote.