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8 Ways Black Lives Matter Activists Changed The Nation’s Largest Criminal Justice System

By  Jeffrey Cawood
Thousands of people participated in today’s peaceful march peaceful march in Hollywood, CA today Sunday June 7, 2020 against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)
Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

While Black Lives Matter faded from the national spotlight after the election of President Donald J. Trump, two of the activist network’s key players built an organizing infrastructure in Los Angeles County that is significantly changing the nation’s largest criminal justice system.

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, and Dr. Melina Abdullah, who leads the L.A. chapter, have a long-term vision based on a philosophy of anti-capitalism. They teach that law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities are institutional structures of racial oppression that must be dismantled, existing to maintain America’s capitalist social order.

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