Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

A coalition of more than 50 groups representing the interests of black communities.

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We believe that prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished and replaced by institutions that value and affirm the flourishing of Black lives.

We believe in centering the experiences and leadership of the most marginalized Black people, including but not limited to those who are trans and queer, women and femmes, currently and formerly incarcerated, immigrants, disabled, working class, and poor.

We believe in transformation and a radical realignment of power. The current systems we live inside of need to be radically transformed, which includes a realignment of global power. We are creating a proactive, movement-based vision instead of a reactionary one.

Our movement and Black communities are not currently in a position to set agendas to scale, control the institutions that affect our lives, or create mechanisms to mitigate harm. This assessment should not be interpreted as a failure of our social movements, but it does expose a critical gap. We have created a popular strategy to guide us through the next five years; it is rooted in transformative goals that can impact the millions of Black people looking for direction and leadership in this moment. Chiefly, Black governance and ultimately positioning our communities to set agendas sits at the heart of M4BL Project 2024: Black Power Rising.

The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives.

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Movement for Black Lives

Movement for Black Lives
NicknameM4BL
FormationJuly 2015; 5 years ago (2015-07)
Founded atCleveland, Ohio
TypeCoalition of activist organizations
Membership
50 organizations
Websitem4bl.org

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is a coalition of more than 50 groups representing the interests of black communities across the United States.[1] Members include the Black Lives Matter Network, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.[2] Endorsed by groups such as Color of Change, Race Forward, Brooklyn Movement Center, PolicyLink, Million Women March Cleveland, and ONE DC,[3] the coalition receives communications and tactical support from an organization named Blackbird.[4]

Following the killing of George Floyd, M4BL released the BREATHE Act, which called for sweeping legislative changes surrounding policing; the policy bill included calls to divest from policing and reinvest funds directly in community resources and alternative emergency response models.[5][6]

On July 24, 2015 the movement initially convened at Cleveland State University where between 1,500 and 2,000 activists gathered to participate in open discussions and demonstrations. The conference in Cleveland, Ohio initially attempted to "strategize ways for the Movement for Black Lives to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions on a national level".[7][8][9] However, the conference resulted in the formation of a much more significant social movement. At the end of the three day conference, on July 26, the Movement for Black Lives initiated a year long "process of convening local and national groups to create a United Front".[7] This year long process ultimately resulted in the establishment of an organizational platform that articulates the goals, demands, and policies which the Movement for Black Lives supports in order to achieve the "liberation" of black communities across America.[7]

In 2020, the Movement for Black Lives released policy demands in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[10]

Organization

The Movement for Black Lives was described by Professor of Politics Deva Woodly during the George Floyd protests as "an umbrella organization that consists of a coalition of movement organizations across the nation" which allowed people to "connect the dots between the symptoms of the present crisis and their structural causes."[11]

Platform

The movement's platform, published in August 2016, entitled "A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice," has six demands:[12][13]

  1. End the war on black people.
  2. Reparations for past and continuing harms. (Reparations)
  3. Divestment from the institutions that criminalize, cage and harm black people; and investment in the education, health and safety of black people. (Invest-Divest)
  4. Economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure our communities have collective ownership, not merely access.(Economic justice)
  5. Community control of the laws, institutions and policies that most impact us. (Community control)
  6. Independent black political power and black self-determination in all areas of society. (Political power)

Funding and institutional support

Shortly after the movement published its platform in 2016, 50 organizations had registered their support. One major endeavor was the establishment by philanthropic organization Borealis Philanthropy of the Black-Led Movement Fund (BLMF), which received the support of the Ford Foundation. Designed to support the work of M4BL, the BLMF is both a pooled donor fund aiming to bring $100 million to the movement, and an initiative aimed at helping the movement build organizational capacity.[14]

Major events

Cleveland State University protests

On July 24, 2015 individuals from across the country gathered at Cleveland State University in response to incidents of police brutality targeting the African-American community. Specifically, the deaths of individuals such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice sparked a need for the conference among the African-American community. During the three day conference (July 24–26), activists participated in discussions, viewed short films, and engaged in workshops designed to mobilize individuals seeking to find solutions to the problems that black communities face. The Cleveland State University convention is considered the first major gathering of the Movement for Black Lives as more than 1500 individuals attended the conference. Subsequently, activists from the convention embarked on a mission to establish the official Movement for Black Lives organization as well as establish a policy platform that could guide activists from around the country in their fight to end police brutality and discrimination against blacks within the United States.[8][9][15]

The conference gained even more national media attention when, on the last day of the convention, a Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) officer maced a crowd of primarily African-American activists just blocks away from Cleveland State University. The crowd had gathered in response to an RTA officer's detention of an African-American teen for intoxication. According to authorities, the teenager was unable to "care for himself" due to his level of intoxication, and thus the authorities thought it was necessary to take him into custody. During the teenager's detention a crowd gathered around the police cruiser to protest the detention of the teen; in order to clear the crowd from the path of the police cruiser, "a Transit Police officer used a general burst of pepper spray" directed toward the activists. The incident drew criticism as interest groups, such as the ACLU of Ohio, believed "the use of pepper spray by law enforcement as a means of crowd control is questionable."[16][17][18]

Professional sports demonstrations

The Movement for Black Lives (Black Lives Matter Movement) has essentially become synonymous within American culture.[clarification needed] Furthermore, the Movement for Black Lives has been bolstered by the virality of the "#BlackLivesMatter" hashtag on social media.[19] Athletes across American professional sports have demonstrated their support for the movement through various demonstrations and protests. In 2016, professional football player Colin Kaepernick elected to kneel during the playing of the national anthem at an NFL football game. During post-game interviews, Kaepernick explained, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."[20] Kaepernick and other NFL player activists received intense criticism for their pre-game protests throughout the 2016 season, including criticism from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, "Would I arrest them for doing it? No... I think it's dumb and disrespectful."[21] Although Colin Kaepernick's protest received mixed criticism, it unequivocally brought increased salience to the matter of black lives within the United States.[22]

Players from other American professional sports, such as the National Basketball Association, have also participated in demonstrations to support the Movement for Black Lives. In 2016, professional basketball players LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony took center-stage at the ESPY's to deliver a "call to action" in response to the shootings of both Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, as well as the deaths of five police officers that were slain earlier that month. The four NBA stars saw it as an opportunity to bring individuals on both sides of the Movement for Black Lives together; former Miami Heat shooting guard, Dwyane Wade stated, "Racial profiling has to stop... but also the retaliation has to stop. Enough is enough." The group further encouraged Americans to "renounce all violence," and instead, focus their efforts on rebuilding the divided communities within America.[23][24][25]

Strike for Black Lives

On July 20, 2020, the Movement for Black Lives was one of 60 other groups, including several dozen trade unions, that organized the Strike for Black Lives. As part of the ongoing George Floyd protests and the larger Black Lives Matter movement, the strike consisted of a nation-wide walkout involving thousands of workers protesting for racial and economic justice.[26]

Reception

Organizations such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, ACLU of Northern California, and the National Council of Jewish Women showed support for the Movement for Black Lives by issuing public statements following the movement's controversial publication of its platform. The Movement for Black Lives' call for criminal justice reform and the end of police brutality resonated with many advocacy groups. In one statement, the National Council of Jewish Women stated, "NCJW affirms that Black lives matter, including Jews of color, who are a vital part of both the Jewish and our NCJW community. We recognize that the Black and Jewish communities are inextricably linked and our struggles for social justice are connected."[27]

The Movement for Black Lives received further support from Democracy for America following the release of its policy platform. One of the primary goals of the Movement for Black Lives is to promote a democracy that is more representative of black communities in America. Various political organizations have stood in solidarity with MBL because, according to Democracy for America, it is seen as "an ideal catalyst for the substantive, results-oriented conversations the current and future leaders of the Democratic Party must have with the communities they serve".[28] Furthermore, the Movement for Black Lives' goals to promote economic, political, and social change provide a "solid blueprint" for future legislators as they seek to further understand and resolve the problems that exist within the black community.

In 2016, the Ford Foundation partnered with Borealis Philanthropy, an intermediary organization, to set up a "Black-Led Movement Fund" with the stated intention to "bring $100 million in new resources to the Movement for Black Lives".[29][30] Although Ford Foundation decided to no longer move forward with their investment, the BLMF has been able to award small grants to several organizations within the Movement for Black Lives.[31]

There was widespread negative reaction among Jewish organizations[32][33] to the Movement for Black Lives' 2016 Platform, wherein the latter group stated that "[the] US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people", that "Israel is an apartheid state", and that "[the] US [has funded an] apartheid wall".[34][non-primary source needed]

In August 2020, the Movement for Black Lives together with over 100 left-wing organisations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Jewish Voice for Peace and , signed an open letter calling for cutting ties with the Anti-Defamation League.[35]

References

  1. ^ Newkirk, Vann R. II (August 3, 2016). "The Permanence of Black Lives Matter". The Atlantic.
  2. ^ "About Us – The Movement for Black Lives". Movement for Black Lives. policy.m4bl.org. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Arnold, Eric K. (2017). "The BLM Effect: Hashtags, History and Race". Race, Poverty & the Environment. 21 (2): 8–15. ISSN 1532-2874. JSTOR 44687751.
  4. ^ Ransby, Barbara (October 21, 2017). "Opinion | Black Lives Matter Is Democracy in Action". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  5. ^ Press, The Associated (July 7, 2020). "Movement for Black Lives Seeks Sweeping Legislative Changes". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Byrd, Jessica. "The Genius of Resilience: Toward a New, Black National Convention". The Root. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "About Us – The Movement for Black Lives". The Movement for Black Lives. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Morice, Jane (July 25, 2015). "Thousands of 'freedom fighters' in Cleveland for first national Black Lives Matter conference". cleveland.com. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Bernard, Tanya Lucia (August 7, 2015). "The Movement for Black Lives Convening: An Offering of Love". The Root. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Edwards, Breanna (March 31, 2020). "Movement For Black Lives Releases Policy Demands In Response To COVID-19". Essence. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  11. ^ Woodly, Deva. "An American Reckoning". Public Seminar. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Lee, Trymaine (August 1, 2016). "Black Lives Matter Releases Policy Agenda". NBC News. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Platform – The Movement for Black Lives". policy.m4bl.org. Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  14. ^ McGirt, Ellen (August 8, 2016). "raceAhead: Why Ford Foundation Is Underwriting Black Lives Matter". Fortune magazine. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  15. ^ Walker, Carol Carter (August 31, 2015). "The Movement For Black Lives Convening In Cleveland—A Transformative Experience". Standing on the Side of Love. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "ACLU Questions RTA Police Pepper Spray Incident at Close of Movement for Black Lives Convening". Targeted News Service. July 30, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Yang, Jessica (July 30, 2015). "RTA Officer Pepper Sprays Movement for Black Lives Gathering at CSU". University Wire; Carlsbad. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  18. ^ Larimer, Sarah (July 27, 2015). "Cleveland Authorities Investigating Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed 'Black Lives' Activists". Washington Post. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Florido, Adrian (July 23, 2015). "'Black Lives Matter' Activists Meet in Cleveland to Plot Movement's Future". NPR.
  20. ^ "Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem". NFL. August 27, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  21. ^ Bieler, Des (October 12, 2016). "Colin Kaepernick responds to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's criticism of anthem protests". Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  22. ^ Sandritter, Mark (September 11, 2016). "All the athletes who joined Kaepernick's national anthem protest". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  23. ^ Bieler, Des (July 13, 2016). "NBA superstars issue 'call to action' for fellow athletes in appearance at ESPYs". Washington Post.
  24. ^ Huddleston, Tom (July 14, 2016). "LeBron James and Fellow NBA Stars Call for Nonviolence at ESPYs". Fortune. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  25. ^ Ockerman, Emma; Chan, Rosalie (July 7, 2016). "Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Police Shootings of Black Men". Time. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  26. ^ Billings, Kevin (July 20, 2020). "Thousands Of Workers To Participate In 'Strike For Black Lives' Protests". International Business Times. IBT Media. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  27. ^ "NCJW Responds to Movement for Black Lives Platform". Targeted News Service. August 8, 2016. ProQuest 1810281606.
  28. ^ "Democracy for America Endorses Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform; For Editor Vail (speech)." Targeted News Service, 7 Dec. 2016. Infotrac Newsstand, http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=STND&sw=w&u=lom_umichanna&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA472997999&sid=summon&asid=c843213d4a832dfeadc34b9f83316ea6. Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.
  29. ^ McGirt, Ellen. "Who Is Funding Black Lives Matter: Ford Foundation". Fortune. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  30. ^ "Why black lives matter to philanthropy". Ford Foundation. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  31. ^ "Grantees". Borealis Philanthropy. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  32. ^ "Jewish groups condemn Black Lives Matter platform for accusing 'apartheid' Israel of 'genocide'". Haaretz.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  33. ^ "Why the Black Lives Matter Platform's False Accusation of Israeli 'Genocide' Was So Damaging". Tablet Magazine. August 5, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  34. ^ "Invest–Divest". Movement for Black Lives. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020.
  35. ^ "Left-wing activists call for boycott of Anti-Defamation League". Forward.com\language=en. August 13, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.; Open letter to progressives: The ADL is not an ally. droptheadl.org, August 2020.

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