When They Call You a Terrorist

by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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Alicia Garza Character Analysis

Alicia, along with Patrisse and Opal, is one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Patrisse met Alicia at a political gathering in Rhode Island, where they danced together all night. They had been friends for seven years when Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted of all charges in July 2013. In the wake of the trial, Alicia wrote a Facebook post about how she would “continue to be surprised at how little Black lives matter,” and Patrisse responded with the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter.” Alicia and Patrisse immediately started brainstorming about how to turn this into a movement with global reach, and they brought Opal into their efforts. They worked closely together over the next few years, planning the Freedom Ride to Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death and organizing massive marches in their respective locales—Patrisse in LA and Alicia in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like Patrisse, Alicia has been called a “terrorist” for her organizing work.

Alicia Garza Quotes in When They Call You a Terrorist

The When They Call You a Terrorist quotes below are all either spoken by Alicia Garza or refer to Alicia Garza. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the St. Martin's Griffin edition of When They Call You a Terrorist published in 2020.
Chapter 11 Quotes

And then my friend Alicia writes a Facebook post. Alicia, who I’d known for seven years at this point, who I’d met at a political gathering in Rhode Island where at the end of the day our goal was to dance until we couldn’t dance anymore […] she writes these words in the wake of the acquittal:

btw stop saying that we are not surprised. that’s a damn shame in itself. I continue to be surprised at how little Black lives matter. And I will continue that. stop giving up on black life. black people, I will NEVER give up on us. NEVER.

And then I respond. I wrote back with a hashtag:

#BlackLivesMatter

Related Symbols: Trayvon Martin
Page Number: 179
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Alicia Garza Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist

The timeline below shows where the character Alicia Garza appears in When They Call You a Terrorist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Introduction: We Are Stardust
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...the police at any moment, and it’s not right that she and her BLM co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi are the ones called terrorists. (full context)
Chapter 11: Black Lives Matter
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...anyone, but Trayvon’s killer gets to go home. Just then, she sees that her friend Alicia (whom she met seven years ago at a political gathering) has written a Facebook post... (full context)
Chapter 13: A Call, a Response
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Back in summer 2013, Patrisse and Alicia are talking regularly and decide to turn #BlackLivesMatter into a movement that raises awareness of... (full context)
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The conversation between Patrisse, Alicia, and Opal continues, mostly with women, many of whom are queer and trans. They have... (full context)
Chapter 14: #SayHerName
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Patrisse, Opal, Alicia, and Darnell Moore (a professor who will help build out the BLM network) decide they... (full context)
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...This will continue to be true as news outlets cover the growing BLM movement; Patrisse, Alicia, and Opal will not be invited to speak on news programs at first. Patrisse notes,... (full context)
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...Like the many women who organized, marched, and cooked for the civil rights movement, Patrisse, Alicia, and Opal are being erased. They don’t want to be the center of the movement... (full context)
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In December, Alicia and Opal come to LA to discuss building out the BLM network. The movement is... (full context)
Chapter 16: When They Call You a Terrorist
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...Over the next year, three Ferguson organizers are found shot dead in their cars. Patrisse, Alicia, and Opal are also sued for instigating riots and, under Trump, they aren’t sure what... (full context)