Samuel Sinyangwe

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Samuel Sinyangwe

Samuel Sinyangwe (born 1990) is an American policy analyst and racial justice activist. Sinyangwe is a member of the Movement for Black Lives and a co-founder of Mapping Police Violence,[1] a database of police killings in the United States, and Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.[2] Sinyangwe is a regular contributor to the Pod Save the People podcast, where he discusses the week's news with a panel of other activists.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sinyangwe attended high school in Orlando, Florida.[4] He graduated from Stanford University, where he studied how race intersects with American politics, economics, and class.[5]


Samuel started his career at PolicyLink with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute. As protests emerged in the wake of 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Samuel connected with Ferguson activists DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie to develop policy solutions to address police violence in America.[5] Together, they built a database of police killings, Mapping Police Violence,[6] and a platform of policy solutions to end police violence called Campaign Zero.[2] During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Sinyangwe and colleagues met with Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders[7] and Hillary Clinton on these policy issues.[8] He has also been a vocal critic of the "Ferguson Effect", using data to debunk the premise of this theory.[9]

He has been featured on CNN,[10] MSNBC,[11] BBC News,[1] FiveThirtyEight,[12] The Los Angeles Times,[2] and other publications. He has written for the Huffington Post and The Guardian.[9]

Selected writings[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Why do US police keep killing unarmed black men? - BBC News". BBC. May 26, 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Pearce, Matt (August 21, 2015). "Activists come up with a plan to end police killings. Here it is". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pod Save the People". 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  4. ^ Cordeiro, Monivette (March 23, 2016). "How an Orlando data scientist is helping #BlackLivesMatter make the case against police violence". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Marusic, Kristina (April 15, 2015). "This Map Of Police Violence Aims To Create A Path To Justice". MTV News. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Hellman, Jaime (May 28, 2015). "No clear picture on how many people are killed by police". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Liebelson, Dana; Reilly, Ryan J. (16 September 2015). "Black Lives Matter Activists Meet With Bernie Sanders To Make Sure He's On Board". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Liebelson, Dana; Reilly, Ryan J. (9 October 2015). "Inside Hillary Clinton's Meeting With Black Lives Matter". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Giving the 'Ferguson effect' a new name won't make it truer | Samuel Sinyangwe | Opinion | The Guardian". Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Researcher: 'Police shootings are on the rise' - CNN Video". Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sunday, September 6 - msnbc-". Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ FiveThirtyEight