Black Lives Matter Michigan Launches
Three Black women watched the funeral of Stephon Clark. We cried and then we began to strategize. On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King, Black Lives Matter Lansing is partnering with Michigan Voice to launch Black Lives Matter Michigan to build power with Black-led organizations. We are taking this step so in the future we have more capacity for collective action to show up for Stephon Clark and all of our Black family fighting for justice, dignity and for our lives.
#Justice4StephonClark #KingsLegacy #BlackLivesMatter
BLM Michigan Priorities
Black students say that police in schools do not make them feel safer. To the contrary, students report that they are racially profiled by police in schools, also known as “school resource officers.” Statistically, Black children are suspended, expelled and arrested at school at a much higher rate than their peers for similar infractions. Black children are more likely to experience violence at the hands of police in schools. Black Lives Matter Michigan supports students, parents and teachers who are demanding fewer cops and more counselors in schools as well as curricula that promote student agency in shaping policy and systems to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. If you know a young person that wants to develop organizing and leadership skills please contact us.
Black Lives Matter is a member of the Movement for Black Lives and the National Bailout Collective. One of our priorities is ending money bail so that Black people who have not been convicted of a crime are not confined in prison facilities because they cannot afford bail. Bail outs are a key component of our broader strategy to build the power of local organizations so they can end the use of money bail and start to experiment with community based support systems, which will replace cages. Why is ending money bail so important? Check out this New York Times article. To learn more about how your community can get involved in future BLM Michigan Black Love Bail Outs and ending money bail in Michigan, please sign up here.
Divest from Militarized Schools.
Invest in Liberation Justice.
Election 20XX is an invitation, an incitement, a call-to-action to young people in Michigan to educate yourself on the issues that will affect you and your family’s future. We call upon you to examine critically every candidate, to envision yourself as a leader and to be engaged deeply in transforming systems at every level of political jurisdiction. What issues matter to you? Who speaks to your issues? What is limiting your access to achieving your dreams? What will you do in the time between protests, rallies and marches? How many protests and protestors will it take to win what you want won?
You, your family, your organization, your coalition or network have a role and a stake in Election 20XX. What seats must be won in your community in 2018 to ensure your leaders fight for your children’s education, for keeping you safe, and provide the public services that matter to you? Who will we elect as our state’s Representatives? Who will we send to the Senate? Who will become Michigan’s next Governor in 2018? Let’s cut to the chase… what kind of President will we elect in 2020?
Learn about our work with the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project. If your community would like to get involved in Election 20XX, please sign up here.
#Election20XX #EveryElectionMatters #WhoRepresentsUSMatters