About Black Lives Matter Cambridge

The Mission of BLM Cambridge - est. 2014

Black Lives Matter Cambridge is a Black-led collective committed to ending structural racism and systemic oppression both locally and globally. We employ an intersectional queer Black feminist framework which focuses on centering the most marginalized members of the Black community--specifically Black trans and gender non-conforming femmes, the disabled, cash-poor individuals, and Black children. We organize and build community bonds in the Metro North through our various community programs and events, including our monthly Free Books and Breakfast Program. Additionally, Black Lives Matter Cambridge advocates for Black people facing political and social abuse at the hands of state and local bureaucracies. We remain steadfast in our efforts to liberate all Black people from the trappings of capitalism, mass incarceration, cis-hetero patriarchy, and white supremacy.

Part of an international movement ... 

#BlackLivesMatter created envisioned by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi as a call to action for Black people after George Zimmerman murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and was subsequently placed on trial for his own murder, while the murdered was released as legally innocent. Black Lives Matter began as a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.

Movement leaders Opal, Patrisse, and Alicia moved the hashtag from social media to the streets by organizing the very successful Black Lives Matter ride to MO, after 18-year old Mike Brown was killed at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

The movement caught fire after the lack of indictments in the cases involving two police related deaths, that of both Mike Brown and Eric Garner, a New York man whose murder was caught on camera. Black Lives Matter chapters around the country organized large protests where demonstrators stopped traffic to make people aware of the modern manifestation of racism and its violence.

Our Leadership

DiDi Delgado (DiDi/ She pronoun) is a writer, activist, freelance journalist and poet.   She is currently Head of Operations at S.O.U.P (The Society Of Urban Poetry) a collective of artists and musicians whose mission statement, is to help shed light on the diversity amongst creative individuals and groups across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, age; and aims to bridge the gaps between these intersectionalities.  She has facilitated writing workshops at the Haley House and the Dudley Café in Dudley Square. She has served on the leadership team for the ACLU's BCPA Committee, the Boston Branch of the NAACP's Young Adult Committee.   As an organizer with Black Lives Matter Cambridge, she is constantly on the front lines blazing pathways, creating channels and fostering connections in support of other activists.  She is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor award which is awarded annually to one poet that serves the Boston and Cambridge communities as a mentor while consistently providing distinguished contributions to the art of poetry. DiDi has participated in Michael Rothenberg's 100,000 Poets for Change, adjudicated with Boston Poet Laureate and others for the 2015 Mayor's Poetry and Prose program,  performed for various venues such as: Boston Center for Arts, Boston City Hall, Emerson College performing under the direction of Akiba Abaka and Walter Mosley, Boston City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley's Jump Into Peace initiative and co-curated an event for Illuminus during Hubweek 2015. Deeply passionate about both her local and global community; she believes that poetry and activism go hand in hand.    

DiDi Delgado (DiDi/ She pronoun) is a writer, activist, freelance journalist and poet.   She is currently Head of Operations at S.O.U.P (The Society Of Urban Poetry) a collective of artists and musicians whose mission statement, is to help shed light on the diversity amongst creative individuals and groups across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, age; and aims to bridge the gaps between these intersectionalities.  She has facilitated writing workshops at the Haley House and the Dudley Café in Dudley Square. She has served on the leadership team for the ACLU's BCPA Committee, the Boston Branch of the NAACP's Young Adult Committee.  

As an organizer with Black Lives Matter Cambridge, she is constantly on the front lines blazing pathways, creating channels and fostering connections in support of other activists.  She is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor award which is awarded annually to one poet that serves the Boston and Cambridge communities as a mentor while consistently providing distinguished contributions to the art of poetry. DiDi has participated in Michael Rothenberg's 100,000 Poets for Change, adjudicated with Boston Poet Laureate and others for the 2015 Mayor's Poetry and Prose program,  performed for various venues such as: Boston Center for Arts, Boston City Hall, Emerson College performing under the direction of Akiba Abaka and Walter Mosley, Boston City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley's Jump Into Peace initiative and co-curated an event for Illuminus during Hubweek 2015. Deeply passionate about both her local and global community; she believes that poetry and activism go hand in hand.

 

 

Kp Martinez (They/Them) works on BLMC's education-related initiatives. Current projects include: connecting to Black students in the CPS system, outreach to Black college students in the Cambridge area, serving on the MTA's task force on race & addressing institutional responses to hate crimes and hate speech. Kathy has Bachelor's of Arts degrees in History & journalism from Loyola University- New Orleans and a M.A. In higher education from Boston College.

Kp Martinez (They/Them) works on BLMC's education-related initiatives. Current projects include: connecting to Black students in the CPS system, outreach to Black college students in the Cambridge area, serving on the MTA's task force on race & addressing institutional responses to hate crimes and hate speech.

Kathy has Bachelor's of Arts degrees in History & journalism from Loyola University- New Orleans and a M.A. In higher education from Boston College.


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