Lucy Siale is a 17-year-old, Tongan, student organizer who was born and raised in the Bay Area. She’s been actively engaging in community events for social justice for over eight years — and she has helped to mobilize her community for multiple causes from racial inequality to women’s rights. As an instigator for change, Lucy has used her social media platform to educate allies and marginalized folks; along with raising awareness and organizing actions for issues that often arise. She hopes to give that same platform to people of color, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized groups through her advocacy.
In the seventh grade, I saw a video of a Tongan man, Matangi Tai, who was brutally attacked by police in Arizona. He later died due to a suspicious “unknown cause”. The lack of transparency regarding the cause of his death, along with the physical abuse he experienced prior to his arrest, were both alarming factors to my community when considering the history of terror between people of color and police.