Once again this year’s Black Lives Matter Berlin Protest made visible who fuels our movements and keeps up the fight for justice since day one. Women*, queer and non-binary people are at the forefront of BLM and it is important to acknowledge that – like Maureen Maisha Auma did in her beautiful speech in 2016:
„Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter“.
Patrisse Cullors shared this statement, in turn communicating her grief and love and her compassion for all of our losses, using the Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter for the first time. Following this Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi, all at this point already deeply embedded in Black Community Activism, went on to create the Spark for this Movement, which we now know as „The Black Lives Matter Movement“. These are three Black Women! Alicia Garza, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi are three Queer Black Women. Their Community Care, their Commitment and their Dedication to Blackness, is deeply informed by their intersectional Struggles. We must stop erasing that! We must stop erasing crucial parts of Ours and Each others Lives! If any of Us Black Folks is not free, then we are all not free. As intersectional Black projects such as the BYP Black Youth Project 100 emphasize:
Our Lives are Intersectional, Our Struggles are connected. If any of us is not free, we are all not free!