A protest against police brutality in St. Louis, Missouri, in March this year. In August 2014 a white police officer in nearby Ferguson killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, sparking nationwide protests. Jim Young Reuters
Police Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice
When you get down to the section on reparations and such just publish the first paragraph of each section and say more details are on the Movement for Black Lives website.
Note: From Demos announcing this site: . . . a group of more than 50 grassroots organizations and networks connected to the Movement for Black Lives the Black Lives Matter Network, BYP_100, Organization for Black Struggle and many others launched a beautiful policy platform, complete with 39 policy briefs. The platform is called “A Vision for Black Lives” and is document that is breathtaking in it’s vision and scope. You can follow (and participate!) in the conversation today at #Vision4BlackLives
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Y’all — these organizations worked on this for over a year. The platform is about a 30 minute, incredibly inspiring, read. You can see why we recommend it so highly… but, even better –just go check it out here and get inspired yourself by reading it!
The core partners have been collaborating on this for over a year.
As you can see in the Demos Action statement about the platform,we believe this document should be seen as a guidebook — we are urging everyone to read it…today.
Also… With our gratitude to the authors for their beautiful leadership, and to invite an expanded audience, Demos Action and Mijente have made a Spanish translation of the platform available: “Una Visión para las Vidas Negras.”
If other organizations would like to share the Spanish language version, we have a statement here that you are welcome to pull language from.
Together, we demand an end to the wars against Black people. We demand that the government repair the harms that have been done to Black communities in the form of reparations and targeted long-term investments. We also demand a defunding of the systems and institutions that criminalize and cage us.
This document articulates our vision of a fundamentally different world. However, we recognize the need to include policies that address the immediate suffering of Black people. These policies, while less transformational, are necessary to address the current material conditions of our people and will better equip us to win the world we demand and deserve.
We recognize that not all of our collective needs and visions can be translated into policy, but we understand that policy change is one of many tactics necessary to move us towards the world we envision.
We have come together now because we believe it is time to forge a new covenant.We are dreamers and doers and this platform is meant to articulate some of our vision. The links throughout the document provide the stepping-stones and roadmaps of how to get there. The policy briefs also elevate the brave and transformative work our people are already engaged in, and build on some of the best thinking in our history of struggle.
This agenda continues the legacy of our ancestors who pushed for reparations, Black self-determination and community control; and also propels new iterations of movements such as efforts for reproductive justice, holistic healing and reconciliation, and ending violence against Black cis, queer, and trans people.