By Amber Randall, DCNF
With the second anniversary of the Ferguson shooting fast approaching, approximately 60 groups affiliated with Black Lives Matter released a list of 6 demands aimed at the “collective liberation” of black people.
The “Movement for Black Lives,” an organization that wants to “end the war against black people,” released the makeshift platform, reports the International Business Times. The nascent agenda contains six demands and a list of 40 possible ways to achieve them.
“We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform. As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of Black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable,” Michaela Brown, the spokeswoman for Baltimore Bloc, said in a statement.
One of the demands calls for reparations for alleged wrongs the group believes the government committed against black people, wrongs such as slavery and mass incarceration, among other things. They also call for “free and full access for all black people” to high quality education, claiming that black students have been denies educational opportunities in the past.
The group calls for economic justice and a “federal and state job program” that would focus on the lowest earning members of the black community.
“The Movement” also demands an end to the “war on black people,”calls for a stop to the death penalty and to expresses support for getting rid of public jails, detention center and youth facilities.
“Black life is undervalued and assaulted in myriad ways,” Cooper said. “Policing and mass incarceration has so much to do with it, but it’s also the education we receive, the type of food we have access to, the ability to be self-determining through land ownership,” Dara Cooper, a member of the National Black Food & Justice Alliance.
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