Reparations, economic justice and more: Black Lives Matter’s plan to combat systemic racism


More than 100 activists braved scorching Brooklyn heat in July to rally at the Barclay’s Center prior to marching through Downtown Brooklyn to gather at Borough Hall.
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Dozens of organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement released a uniform six-point policy platform on Monday articulating many goals they believe will combat systemic racism in America.

The six demands each have lists of sub-goals that the organizations want to accomplish.

“Black humanity and dignity require black political will and power,” the policy website states. “We are a collective that centers and is rooted in black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work.”

We’ve listed the six demands, below.

End the war on black people

The coalition lists 10 actionable goals they believe will accomplish this demand. They include abolishing the death penalty, ending the use of money for bail, and the demilitarization of police.

Reparations

“We demand reparations for past and continuing harms,” the website states. “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.”

Their demand for reparations includes free access to a lifetime of education and a guaranteed livable wage for black people.

Invest/divest

The coalition wants money moved away from police and systems of incarceration and put into “long-term safety strategies” such as employment and education.

They also seek the decriminalization of drug-related crimes, and want those convicted of such crimes to be released and have that aspect of their criminal records erased. The same goes for all those convicted of prostitution.

Economic justice

The group’s plan for economic justice includes doing away with the much-debated Trans-Pacific Partnership and programs developed on a national and more local level to provide jobs to the “most economically marginalized black people.”

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,” the website states.

As has been demanded by black communities such as North Charleston, South Carolina, the coalition wants communities to have power over law enforcement agencies from local police forces to federal groups.

Political power

The groups want to get rid of super PACs and much of the influence of money in American politics.

They also want to see a strengthening of voter protections, which includes “universal voter registration, automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16-year-olds, same day voter registration, voting day holidays, enfranchisement of formerly and presently incarcerated people, local and state resident voting for undocumented people, and a ban on any disenfranchisement laws.”

Organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement (such as Campaign Zero) have previously met with political leaders and put forth policy demands often centered around ways to end police brutality. But this new effort is unique not only in its range, but also in that it shows a unified movement despite a large number of organizations with varying individual goals.

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