Ana Cecilia Pérez wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Ana is a race equity consultant and the director of Decolonizing Race, a project to transform race power dynamics in movement building spaces. Her work focuses on supporting individuals and groups in healing from racism and oppression, organizational transformation, liberatory transformational leadership development, and building equity in organization and movement spaces.
"We have no choice but to take direct action to put our bodies on the line because petitions, sign-waving, and chanting—we tried that for the past 50 years and it hasn't worked, and we're out of time," said one arrested activist.