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AirTalk Sits Down With Black Lives Matter LA Co-founder Melina Abdullah




Melina Abdullah from Black Lives Matter addresses the crowd during a demonstration to ask for the removal of District Attorney Jackie Lacey in front of the Hall of Justice, in Los Angeles, California, on June 17, 2020.
Melina Abdullah from Black Lives Matter addresses the crowd during a demonstration to ask for the removal of District Attorney Jackie Lacey in front of the Hall of Justice, in Los Angeles, California, on June 17, 2020.
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Black Lives Matter has been one of the big organizing forces behind the protest movements that followed the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. 

The Los Angeles chapter of BLM has pushed for the People’s Budget, which would divert funds from LAPD, at L.A. City Council Meetings, and have gotten some gains in the form of a $150 million cut from the LAPD. It’s also been a leader of protests, an organizer and a rallying cry. 

We sit down with the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, to discuss the People’s Budget, her hopes for the future and more.

Guest:

Melina Abdullah, professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State LA and co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter; she tweets @DocMellyMel