60 Black Lives Matter affiliate organizations has issued a list of demands ahead of the anniversary of Mike Brown’s murder.
The Movement for Black Lives specifically asked for reparations among their list of demands as well as criminal justice reforms, the “demilitarization” of police, decriminalization of drug offenses and prostitution, the release of individuals convicted of those crimes, an end to capital punishment, investments in education and jobs for black Americans, and “a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access,” according to Reuters.
“We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform,” said Michaela Brown. The goal is to stop “increasingly visible violence against Black communities,” the Movement for Black Lives adds in a statement. “Neither mainstream political party has our interests at heart.” the coalition says. Even some of the most progressive politicians are against slavery reparations, for example. But the platform is seen as a response to the racial justice movement’s lack of specific policy proposals, for which it had been criticized by the likes of Hillary Clinton, who last year said “I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws.” While “we recognize that not all of our collective needs and visions can be translated into policy,” says one activist, “we understand that policy change is one of many tactics necessary to move us towards the world we envision, a world where freedom and justice is the reality.”
Organizations included in the Movement for Black Lives includes Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Black Youth Project 100 and the Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative.