Fellows in the News

News about the 2016 Leading Edge fellows.


Lawsuit Alleges Teen’s Detention Extended Because Probation Officer Assumed He And His Twin Were The Same Person

On June 29 of last year, a 15-year-old boy spent four days in the custody of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department for a non-violent property offense. Now, his mother, Tureko Straughter, is suing the department, accusing probation officials of unlawfully holding her son in custody, SF Gate reported.

The Huffington Post

Patrisse Cullors On The ‘Legacy Of Queer Black Women’ This Pride Month

Patrisse Cullors knows that queer black women are at the heart of progress for the LGBTQ and black communities. “I am part of a legacy of queer black women who have fought for the freedom of Black people across the globe,” Cullors, 34, told HuffPost ahead of LGBTQ Pride Month.

LA Watts Times

Criminal Justice Reform Takes Center Stage With Bernie Sanders, Shaun King and Patrisse Cullors

Over four thousand Angelenos wrapped around the Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday June 2 to hear U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Real Justice PAC co-founder Shaun King deliver impassioned speeches on what it will take for America to fix it’s failing criminal justice system and what is at stake if it doesn’t.


Some of the Most Powerful Movements Have Been Led By Black Women

One of the three founding members of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, discusses how the movement began and where it needs to go next.