2013: Black Lives Matter — Call to Action

#BlackLivesMatter started in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year old, unarmed Trayvon Martin. Martin was shot a year earlier on February 26, 2012.
Three women Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, started the organization that spread across the globe, with large followings in U.S., U.K., and Canada. The organization’s mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
After the murder of George Floyd by police on May 25, 2020, thousands demonstrated under the Black Lives Matter banner in Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, and Montreal.