Diego Martinez-Lugo

About Diego Martinez-Lugo

My research brings Ethnic Studies together with human geography’s critical intellectual projects of exploring spatial inequalities. For my doctoral research, I am studying the 2020 Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) uprisings against police, state, and other forms of racialized violence to understand how the ongoing social movement has taken variegated forms, has resisted the murders of Black lives, and has called for justice through defunding or abolishing the police. Using the frameworks of abolition, racial capitalism, and social movements theory, I am examining how ongoing community-based organizing, solidarity work, and agitation have materialized, radically restructured, and reclaimed space in Seattle, WA in order to push back against the phenomenal expansion of the police and policing practices. 

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Diego Martinez-Lugo