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Voices of protest: Read Q&As with nine local activists

Voices of protest: Read Q&As with nine local activists

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4K teacher, Alexis Dean, pictured outside of the school at which he teaches; Mendota Elementary School, in Madison, on Friday, July 17, 2020.

The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are only the more recent high-profile examples of a long history of Black American death and mistreatment at the hands of police. Their deaths and others set off a protest movement across the country, and right here in Madison, with activists taking to the streets daily to call for an overhaul of policing and an end to persistent racial disparities.

Seeking to capture the motivations, fears and hopes powering the local movement, the Cap Times spoke to nine activists for this week's cover story. The following extended Q&As, edited for length and clarity, offer a closer look at what's driving each of these individuals to keep up the fight.

Want to hear their voices? This week's Madsplainers podcast features six of them. 

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