Black Lives Matter Groups Release Policy Agenda

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The Movement for Black Lives — under the catch-all banner of the Black Lives Matter movement — has released a policy agenda.

In the plan, titled “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice,” dozens of established activist and advocacy groups joined forces to offer six core demands and 40 policy priorities, NBC News reports.

“Our grievances and solutions extend beyond the police killing of our people; state violence includes failing schools that criminalize our children, dwindling earning opportunities, wars on our trans and queer family that deny them of their humanity, and so much more,” Montague Simmons of Organization for Black Struggle and the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, said in a statement. “That’s why we united, with a renewed energy and purpose, to put forth a shared vision of the world we want to live in.”

The six platform demands are:

  1. End the war on black people.
  2. Reparations for past and continuing harms.
  3. Divestment from the institutions that criminalize, cage and harm black people; and investment in the education, health and safety of black people.
  4. Economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure our communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
  5. Community control of the laws, institutions and policies that most impact us.
  6. Independent black political power and black self-determination in all areas of society.

 

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