Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combatting anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people. Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.
Marshall “Eddie” Conway
Former Black Panther Party Member – Baltimore & 43-year Political Prisoner
Eddie Conway is a former member of the Black Panther Party Baltimore chapter. Wrongfully convicted of murder in 1970, he served 43 years in the Maryland prison system. During his incarceration, he played a leading role in a variety of prisoner support initiatives including the formation of the Maryland Chapter of the United Prisoner’s Labor Union. As a member of the ACLU’s Committee to Correct Prison Conditions, he participated in a successful class action lawsuit that reduced the prison population by 700 beds at the Maryland House of Corrections. In addition, he implemented several programs that enriched the lives of prisoners, including To Say Their Own Words, a population education program that brought prisoners together with members of the community outside of the prison, this included academics, activists and writers. Another program, Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project that promotes personal and political development now operates in several Maryland prisons and one federal facility.
Eddie is the author of two books, The Greatest Threat, The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO (iAMWE 2009) and Marshall Law, The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther (AK Press, 2011). He has been a guest lecturer at universities and colleges across the nation, speaking on prisons and prison related issues, the history of the Black Panther party, community organizing, and the Counter-intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) of the FBI. Eddie currently works as an executive producer for The Real News Network.