BLM Affiliate Organizations Call for Reparations and Criminal Justice Reform

“In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait,” a release from the Movement for Black Lives reads.

Today The Alliance for Educational Justice, BIG: Blacks in Green, the Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), The BlackOut Collective, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, and many more BLM affiliate organizations issued a new set of demands calling for slavery reparations, criminal justice reform, and an end to the death penalty, among other things.

Black Lives Matter has by now grown to become an international movement, which aims solely at drawing attention to the injustice, brutalities, racism, other mistreatment and violence against Black people at the hands of police.

The new policy “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice,” was released Monday, 1 August 2016 by the Movement for Black Lives. In an attempt to highlight the seriousness of their intentions, BLM protesters were virtually absent from the various Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

The new policy paper details six demands and offers nearly 40 “comprehensive and visionary” recommendations to address them. These new requests entail an end to mass incarceration and deportation, added rights for trans people under current civil rights protections, and sweeping reforms to the U.S. education policy.

The BLM leaders structured solutions to the demands with all necessary logic. Notable of these solutions is the criminal justice reform, which the new policy organizers suggested in order to put an immediate end to the militarized police presence seen at various gatherings of Blacks.

According to the movement organizers, a website featuring action items for leaders at the local, state, and federal levels is currently up and running. This website has an “action toolkit,” which gives a step-by-step guide on how smaller movement groups can be organized.

That’s a great initiative at play! A well-unified document expressing our grievances and demands as a Black Community is highly laudable. At last, all that we care about has been given the shape, which will allow presenting it to government and requiring its step-by-step fulfillment.

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