Johnetta Elzie

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Johnetta Elzie

Johnetta Elzie worked as a Field Organizer at Amnesty International from December 2014 to July 2015. She is one of the leaders in the activist group We The Protesters and co-edits the Ferguson protest newsletter This Is the Movement with fellow activist DeRay Mckesson.[1].

Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi formed Black Lives matter., Other Black Lives Matter leaders include: DeRay Mckesson, Shaun King, Marissa Johnson, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Johnetta Elzie.


August 2015, dozens of protesters were arrested Monday outside the U.S. attorney's office in downtown St. Louis during a demonstration against police brutality.

DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie -- prominent activists in the Black Lives Matter movement -- were among the 57 people detained during the sit-in. They were released after being issued a summons alleging obstruction of the courthouse doorways, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said in a statement.

The rally, which Callahan said included as many as 200 people, was a part of Moral Mondays, a nationwide social justice movement that began in North Carolina in response to the state legislature's conservative shift. The campaign moved to St. Louis this week, calling on the Department of Justice to take action against police violence toward black people.

This is the first time Mckesson or Elzie has been arrested during a demonstration. Cornel West and the Rev. Osagyefo Sekou were arrested as well, according.[2] 08/10/2015


  1. [The Howard Zinn Freedom To Write Award". PEN New England. Retrieved 2 May 2015]
  2. [ HuppPo Ferguson Protesters DeRay Mckesson And Johnetta Elzie Arrested]