After two years of being (falsely) accused of not having concrete demands, the Movement for Black Lives, a network of 50 diverse Black Lives Matter organizations across the country, released on August 1 a sweeping and detailed 6-point platform. Not surprisingly (but depressingly), one paragraph in the Invest/Divest section, expressing solidarity with Palestinian liberation, provoked massive denunciation and threats of FBI investigations. The Zionist community howled “anti-Semitism” despite the fact that Israel was clearly not singled out; the platform highlights struggles from Somalia to the Garifuna in Central America. (see Attacks on BDS Won’t Quit (and we won’t either)).
The summary of the program is below. For full briefing papers, downloadable graphics and to pledge your support, visit their website: https://policy.m4bl.org.
A VISION FOR BLACK LIVES: POLICY DEMANDS FOR BLACK POWER, FREEDOM, & JUSTICE
END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE We demand an end to the war against Black people. Since this country’s inception there have been named and unnamed wars on our communities. We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people.
REPARATIONS We demand reparations for past and continuing harms. The government, responsible corporations and other institutions that have profited off of the harm they have inflicted on Black people—from colonialism to slavery through food and housing redlining, mass incarceration, and surveillance— must repair the harm done
DIVEST–INVEST We demand investments in the education, health and safety of Black people, instead of investments in the criminalizing, caging, and harming of Black people. We want investments in Black communities, determined by Black communities, and divestment from exploitative forces including prisons, fossil fuels, police, surveillance and exploitative corporations.
ECONOMIC JUSTICE We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
COMMUNITY CONTROL We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us – from our schools to our local budgets, economies, police departments, and our land – while recognizing that the rights and histories of our Indigenous family must also be respected.
POLITICAL POWER We demand independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society. We envision a remaking of the current U.S. political system in order to create a real democracy where Black people and all marginalized people can effectively exercise full political power.