Cullors is an advocate for prison abolition and Marxist revolution. She also identifies, in her words, as a "queer" activist. Cullors describes herself as a “working class, queer, black woman.” She claims the country killed her father, a drug addict. At a 2015 Netroots Nation conference, Cullors led chants shouting,
“If I die in police custody, burn everything down … rise the f*** up! That is the only way m*****f**ers like you will listen!”
Cullors founded and directs Dignity and Power Now, which claims to seek “dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities.”
Cullors was trained by Eric Mann, a former Weather Underground leader who exhorts followers to become “anti-racist, anti-imperialist” activists. Mann runs another Liberation Road front, the Labor/Community Strategy Center. Like many professional leftists, he makes good money—over $225,000—living in “the system” he advocates destroying.
- "We can feel sad, hurt, demoralized. But we can't give up": A Black Lives Matter founder on Trump's presidency (November 15, 2016).
- Queerness on the front lines of #BlackLivesMatter. MSNBC (February 19, 2015).
- From 60s Marxist Terrorists to #BlackLivesMatter Today : Who's Behind It?, Lee Stranahan, Jun 30, 2020.