Week of Action in Defense of Black Lives

From the Movement for Black Lives –

The time for action is now, people are taking to the streets, flooding social media, calling local officials and demanding justice for those who have been killed by the police all over the county and now is the time to join them.

The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, invite you to take part in a week of action June 1-7, 2020 in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online.

With all actions, there are a variety of risks and roles. All roles are important, and this moment is no different. In the last three months, 100,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19, and Black people are dying disproportionately. As we move into collective and community action, we have to learn the risks involved, and how to keep ourselves and our communities safe. There is no one right way to take action. Do what you can from where you can. Power building takes many shapes.

By Friday, after a week of taking action together, we will have flexed our collective muscle and built power nationwide.

Policy Demands

Monday, June 1 – We Demand The Rights of Protestors Be Respected: We demand that no harm come to protestors. Violations of property should never be equated with the violation of human life. We demand that local and state officials ensure that there are no abuse of powers, no use of lethal force on protestors.

Tuesday, June 2 – We Demand a Divestment from the Police and Investment In Black Communities: We Demand Local Schools, Colleges, Universities and All Public Institutions Cut Ties with the Police. We call on localities and elected officials across the country to divest resources away from policing in local budgets and reallocate those resources to the healthcare, housing and education our people deserve. More officers, guns, jails and prisons are not a solution to longstanding problems of racial disparities, injustice and police violence. We demand police free schools across the country and an end to the use of police officers in public universities. All public Institutions designed to serve the people, must cut ties with the police in the interest of public safety.

Wednesday, June 3 – We Demand Immediate Relief for Our Communities: We demand the federal government provide direct cash payments, rent cancellation, mortgage cancellation, a moratorium on utility and water shutoffs and a cancellation of student, medical and other forms of debt. We demand long-term economic solutions like a Universal Basic Income, in order to address the immediate crisis and pave the way for a just recovery that doesn’t prioritize corporations and leave our communities behind. Support the families and the lives of those we have lost and those struggling to survive now.

Thursday, June 4 – We Demand Community Control: The most impacted in our communities need to control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us – from our schools to our local budgets, economies, and police department.

Friday, June 5 – We Demand an End to the War Against Black People. We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. We call for not just individual accountability of officers after a murder, but entire police departments. Make it clear that we are done being killed at the hands of anti Blackness and white supremacy. Contact elected officials and those who lead institutions to cut ties with the police.

Saturday, June 6 – Making Meaning out of this moment of crisis: Forging an abolitionist strategy for Defending Black Lives. Join M4BL for a virtual conversation to asses, reflect, and craft next steps. Visit m4bl.org/week-of-action.

Go to defendingblacklives.org to learn more about what you can do in the days ahead.

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