George Zimmerman acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin
- Alicia Garza, on Facebook, : “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.”
- Two days later activists used #j4tmla (justice for trayvon martin l.a.)and #blacklivesmatter in tiny letters.
- Brittany Packnett, protests Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., appointed to President Obama’s police-reform task force.
- A single understanding of the movement not used because it would ultimately exclude so many people.
- University of Missouri, a hunger strike and boycott by the football team that drives the president out of office.
- National conferences to connect and swap strategies.
- Encryption of communication with smartphone apps
- Black Lives Matter network, consolidated by Garza, Cullors and Opal Tometi, now counts nearly 30 official chapters,
- Tactics include physical occupation of public space decentralized by design, maximizing impact
- Black Lives Matter influential LGBT activists work to make equality one of the movement’s hallmarks.
- Emphasis on gender, identity and social inequality the violent arrest of Martese Johnson, at University of Virginia August, Rallies across the country to spotlight the murders of black transgender women.
- Terms like the prefix cis—as in cisgender, and intersectional and micro aggression.
- In Bay Area, Black Lives Matter part of the Fight for 15, a campaign to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
- New York activists launched a Black Lives Matter super PAC.
- Clinton’s overtures to Black Lives Matter interrupted by Atlanta activists
- The Democratic National Committee, passes a resolution declaring its support for the movement
- Shut down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
- Death of teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago activists run campaigns against school closures, and reparations for police torture.
- University of Missouri Members of the football team announced that they would boycott team activities.
- BLM sweeps out president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.
- Demonstrators began in Minneapolis police protest the shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.
- Republican presidential candidates said the movement spurs racial division, if not sheer lawlessness.
- Opening the raw wounds of race has not made the protesters popular.
- Despite its tactics (or perhaps because of it), BLM is winning ever more access to candidates as the race ramps up for next year.