This week read about Patrisse Cullors stepping down from the Black Lives Matter movement she co-founded in California, and legislators revising the out-of-date HIV laws in Nevada.
Black Lives Matter Executive Director Steps Down
Out activist and author Patrisse Cullors will be stepping away from her role as executive director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, according to a May 27 statement from the organization.
Cullors is leaving the organization she co-founded to focus on the release of her second book this fall and her multi-year contract with Warner Bros.
Cullors told the Associated Press, “With smart, experienced and committed people supporting the organization during this transition, I know that BLMGNF is in good hands. The foundation’s agenda remains the same — eradicate white supremacy and build life-affirming institutions.”
The #BlackLivesMatter movement started in 2013 in response to Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida. Cullors shared a Facebook status from a fellow out co-founder Alicia Garza with the hashtag that has since grown into a global symbol for Black liberation.
Higher Ground Change Strategies Chief Strategist Makani Themba, and Time’s Up Foundation Chief Operating Officer Monifa Bandele will act as interim senior executives until the organization names a permanent team. Cullors’ last day with the organization was May 28.
Nevada Revises Out of Date HIV Laws
Sen. Dallas Harris. Photo via Facebook.
Nevada legislators have reversed a law that advocates say unfairly punished those living with HIV. Senate Bill 275 includes heavy revisions to the language surrounding communicable diseases, and removes felony status for those who knowingly or intentionally transmit HIV, limiting punishments to a warning on a first offense and a misdemeanor for the second offense.
The revisions to the law make the treatment of individuals living with HIV consistent with other laws regarding other communicable diseases.
Sen. Dallas Harris, who sponsored the bill and co-chairs the Advisory Task Force on HIV Exposure Modernization, told the Los Angeles Blade, “The old laws also disproportionately affected already marginalized groups, including people of color and LGBTQ+ people. Passage of SB275 helps to remove the statutory stigma that was intentionally placed into our laws that’s done nothing but harm to those who contracted HIV.”