Black Lives Matter Groups Release Agenda

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The “Movement for Black Lives,” a coalition of 60 organizations associated with Black Lives Matter, released their agenda Monday, listing six key demands.

Titled “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice,” the demands include:

  • An end to “militarized police presence.”
  • Retroactive decriminalization and immediate release of all people convicted of drug offences, sex work offenses and youth offenses.
  • Reparations for descendants of slaves.
  • An end to the death penalty, mass incarceration, and deportations.
  • Added rights for trans people under current civil rights protections.
  • Drastic changes to U.S. educational policy, including free tuition and retroactive forgiveness of federal student loans.

Their agenda also includes 40 recommendations on how to implement their demands.

Michaela Brown, a spokesperson for one of the partner organizations, Baltimore Bloc, said, “We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform.  As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of Black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.”

“We also stand with descendants of African people all over the world in an ongoing call and struggle for reparations for the historic and continuing harms of colonialism and slavery,” the statement reads. “We also recognize and honor the rights and struggle of our Indigenous family for land and self-determination.”

The groups include: Alliance for Educational Justice, Baltimore Bloc, BIG: Blacks in Green, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative, Black Women’s Blueprint, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), BlackBird, The BlackOut Collective, Center for Media Justice, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Dignity and Power Now, Dream Defenders, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, Freedom Inc., Highlander Research and Education Center, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, National Black Food and Justice Alliance, Open Democracy Project at Crescent City Media Group, Organization for Black Struggle, Organization for Black Struggle, Philadelphia Student Union, Project South, Southerners On New Ground, SpiritHouse Inc., The Worker’s Center for Racial Justice.


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