#BLM (Black Lives Matter) Formalizes its Political Demands

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  1. Madmick

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    The "Movement for Black Lives", a coalition of over 60 #BLM chapters from around the country, have finally formalized their specific political demands in writing.
    https://policy.m4bl.org/

    You can review the "Platform" above without editorialized introductions, but Shapiro's "Daily Wire" has compiled these demands most tidily on a single page here:
    How Far Left Is Black Lives Matter? Here's A Full List of Its Radical Demands.

    If you prefer, the New York Times has also covered it, but their article will merely link you to the official website I listed above to review their demands:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/politics/black-lives-matter-campaign.html

    Since this is clearly public IP I'm just going to copy the full demands below. To call them outrageous doesn't even begin to describe the race-based communist ambitions of these demands. If you thought the #Bernieorbust crowd is nuts...well, hold onto your butts. You are in for a real treat:

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    REPARATIONS

    We demand reparations for past and continuing harms. The government, responsible corporations and other institutions that have profited off of the harm they have inflicted on Black people — from colonialism to slavery through food and housing redlining, mass incarceration, and surveillance — must repair the harm done. This includes:

    1. Reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology, trade and agricultural), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs.
    2. Reparations for the continued divestment from, discrimination toward and exploitation of our communities in the form of a guaranteed minimum livable income for all Black people, with clearly articulated corporate regulations.
    3. Reparations for the wealth extracted from our communities through environmental racism, slavery, food apartheid, housing discrimination and racialized capitalism in the form of corporate and government reparations focused on healing ongoing physical and mental trauma, and ensuring our access and control of food sources, housing and land.
    4. Reparations for the cultural and educational exploitation, erasure, and extraction of our communities in the form of mandated public school curriculums that critically examine the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism and slavery, and funding to support, build, preserve, and restore cultural assets and sacred sites to ensure the recognition and honoring of our collective struggles and triumphs.
    5. Legislation at the federal and state level that requires the United States to acknowledge the lasting impacts of slavery, establish and execute a plan to address those impacts. This includes the immediate passage of H.R.40, the “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” or subsequent versions which call for reparations remedies.

    END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE


    We demand an end to the war against Black people. Since this country’s inception there have been named and unnamed wars on our communities. We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. This includes:

    1. An immediate end to the criminalization and dehumanization of Black youth across all areas of society including, but not limited to; our nation’s justice and education systems, social service agencies, and media and pop culture. This includes an end to zero-tolerance school policies and arrests of students, the removal of police from schools, and the reallocation of funds from police and punitive school discipline practices to restorative services.
    2. An end to capital punishment.
    3. An end to money bail, mandatory fines, fees, court surcharges and “defendant funded” court proceedings.
    4. An end to the use of past criminal history to determine eligibility for housing, education, licenses, voting, loans, employment, and other services and needs.
    5. An end to the war on Black immigrants including the repeal of the 1996 crime and immigration bills, an end to all deportations, immigrant detention, and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raids, and mandated legal representation in immigration court.
    6. An end to the war on Black trans, queer and gender nonconforming people including their addition to anti-discrimination civil rights protections to ensure they have full access to employment, health, housing and education.
    7. An end to the mass surveillance of Black communities, and the end to the use of technologies that criminalize and target our communities (including IMSI catchers, drones, body cameras, and predictive policing software).
    8. The demilitarization of law enforcement, including law enforcement in schools and on college campuses.
    9. An immediate end to the privatization of police, prisons, jails, probation, parole, food, phone and all other criminal justice related services.
    10. Until we achieve a world where cages are no longer used against our people we demand an immediate change in conditions and an end to public jails, detention centers, youth facilities and prisons as we know them. This includes the end of solitary confinement, the end of shackling of pregnant people, access to quality healthcare, and effective measures to address the needs of our youth, queer, gender nonconforming and trans families.

    INVEST-DIVEST


    We demand investments in the education, health and safety of Black people, instead of investments in the criminalizing, caging, and harming of Black people. We want investments in Black communities, determined by Black communities, and divestment from exploitative forces including prisons, fossil fuels, police, surveillance and exploitative corporations. This includes:

    1. A reallocation of funds at the federal, state and local level from policing and incarceration (JAG, COPS, VOCA) to long-term safety strategies such as education, local restorative justice services, and employment programs.
    2. The retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug related offenses and prostitution, and reparations for the devastating impact of the “war on drugs” and criminalization of prostitution, including a reinvestment of the resulting savings and revenue into restorative services, mental health services, job programs and other programs supporting those impacted by the sex and drug trade.
    3. Real, meaningful, and equitable universal health care that guarantees: proximity to nearby comprehensive health centers, culturally competent services for all people, specific services for queer, gender nonconforming, and trans people, full bodily autonomy, full reproductive services, mental health services, paid parental leave, and comprehensive quality child and elder care.
    4. A constitutional right at the state and federal level to a fully-funded education which includes a clear articulation of the right to: a free education for all, special protections for queer and trans students, wrap around services, social workers, free health services (including reproductive body autonomy), a curriculum that acknowledges and addresses students’ material and cultural needs, physical activity and recreation, high quality food, free daycare, and freedom from unwarranted search, seizure or arrest.
    5. A divestment from industrial multinational use of fossil fuels and investment in community- based sustainable energy solutions.
    6. A cut in military expenditures and a reallocation of those funds to invest in domestic infrastructure and community well-being.

    ECONOMIC JUSTICE


    We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access. This includes:

    1. A progressive restructuring of tax codes at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure a radical and sustainable redistribution of wealth.
    2. Federal and state job programs that specifically target the most economically marginalized Black people, and compensation for those involved in the care economy. Job programs must provide a living wage and encourage support for local workers centers, unions, and Black-owned businesses which are accountable to the community.
    3. A right to restored land, clean air, clean water and housing and an end to the exploitative privatization of natural resources — including land and water. We seek democratic control over how resources are preserved, used and distributed and do so while honoring and respecting the rights of our Indigenous family.
    4. The right for workers to organize in public and private sectors especially in “On Demand Economy” jobs.
    5. Restore the Glass-Steagall Act to break up the large banks, and call for the National Credit Union Administration and the US Department of the Treasury to change policies and practices around regulation, reporting and consolidation to allow for the continuation and creation of black banks, small and community development credit unions, insurance companies and other financial institutions.
    6. An end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a renegotiation of all trade agreements to prioritize the interests of workers and communities.
    7. Through tax incentives, loans and other government directed resources, support the development of cooperative or social economy networks to help facilitate trade across and in Black communities globally. All aid in the form of grants, loans or contracts to help facilitate this must go to Black led or Black supported networks and organizations as defined by the communities.
    8. Financial support of Black alternative institutions including policy that subsidizes and offers low-interest, interest-free or federally guaranteed low-interest loans to promote the development of cooperatives (food, residential, etc.), land trusts and culturally responsive health infrastructures that serve the collective needs of our communities.
    9. Protections for workers in industries that are not appropriately regulated including domestic workers, farm workers, and tipped workers, and for workers — many of whom are Black women and incarcerated people— who have been exploited and remain unprotected. This includes the immediate passage at the Federal and state level of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and extension of worker protections to incarcerated people.

    COMMUNITY CONTROL


    We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us – from our schools to our local budgets, economies, police departments, and our land – while recognizing that the rights and histories of our Indigenous family must also be respected. This includes:

    1. Direct democratic community control of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, ensuring that communities most harmed by destructive policing have the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary action, control budgets and policies, and subpoena relevant agency information.
    2. An end to the privatization of education and real community control by parents, students and community members of schools including democratic school boards and community control of curriculum, hiring, firing and discipline policies.
    3. Participatory budgeting at the local, state and federal level.

    POLITICAL POWER


    We demand independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society. We envision a remaking of the current U.S. political system in order to create a real democracy where Black people and all marginalized people can effectively exercise full political power. This includes:

    1. An end to the criminalization of Black political activity including the immediate release of all political prisoners and an end to the repression of political parties.
    2. Public financing of elections and the end of money controlling politics through ending super PACs and unchecked corporate donations.
    3. Election protection, electoral expansion and the right to vote for all people including:full access, guarantees, and protections of the right to vote for all people through universal voter registration, automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16-year-olds, same day voter registration, voting day holidays, enfranchisement of formerly and presently incarcerated people, local and state resident voting for undocumented people, and a ban on any disenfranchisement laws.
    4. Full access to technology including net neutrality and universal access to the internet without discrimination and full representation for all.
    5. Protection and increased funding for Black institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Black media and cultural, political and social formations.
     
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  2. AgedFlatus

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    #cakefarts
     
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  3. Rex Kwon Do

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    LMAO wow. Like Krauthammer said, it's a farrago of leftist and black nationalist hogwash, with a few things about global warming tossed in for limousine liberals. An absolute joke of a group with an absolute joke of suggestions.

    But I guess they made outlandish demands they knew they could never receive because that will ensure their existence as radical agitators. If they made reasonable demands and got them, they'd cease to exist.
     
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  4. The only thing I like is that they are pro greater family communities. The notion that the nuclear family or current family unit is the "only one" that is 'good' is just false.
     
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  5. Fedorable

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    And if the demands aren't met?

    These seem so far-fetched that they must just want to anger their followers when they aren't met or are going hard after reparations and the other ones are so they can "compromise" later.

    Do they want the voting system to be, instead of a popular vote, 12% of the population will count as 25% of the vote, 62% as 25% of the vote, the Hispanic vote 25%, etc....
     
  6. JudoThrowFiasco

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    Bahahahahahhaahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    And fuck off.
     
  7. Rex Kwon Do

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    I agree if the population is fatherless, then greater family community help is needed.
     
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    Oh, I knew these were going to be good if they finally managed to bonk heads together enough time to force some sort of manifesto out. I was originally going to come in here and say "Hey, why not ask for reparations for slavery while you're at it?" but that's actually in the document, so...

    Though, you have to love this one:

    "An immediate end to the criminalization and dehumanization of Black youth across all areas of society including,"

    Coming from a group that is going to primarily vote for Hillary after her "super predator" comments in the past..

    At large, these are an utter farce. I have to assume they're making them so ridiculous just so they can cry "racism!" when these comical demands are treated like the jokes they are.
     
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    About 90% of that gets a big this.

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  11. El anciano

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    I agree with much of it. The reparations are definitely long overdue. On the rest, I would like to see a group (preferably BLM themselves) organize and be able to watch over these government programs and make sure the interests of minorities are looked after. It does not seem like too much to ask
     
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    Even if you support reparations, which no one should, you have to understand practically that it will simply never happen in this country. Be realistic.
     
  13. Rex Kwon Do

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    I love how they pay so much lip service to LGBTQBBQ concerns despite the black community being one of the most hostile ones to gays and such. Lol.

    But that's just tofu for the limousine liberals, of course.
     
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    Let me translate all that shit into 3 basic demands to save some reading time for you guys:

    1. We want free stuff because racism.
    2. We want immunity from law because racism.
    3. We want to control our own turf, but with access to everything the system offers because racism.

    #BLM
     
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    I would absolutely throw a few dollars to the tax man every month if it meant Al Sharpton and pieces of garbage like him never showed their faces in public again.

    Of course, just giving people money never solves anything and the "reparations" would continue indefinitely.
     
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    Very interesting. I don't agree with all of it and some of the demands are ridiculous but not a bad list overall.
     
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    Slavery was never gonna stop in this country. Be realistic. Segregation was never gonna end in this country. Be realistic. African Americans are never going to get justice through reparations. Be realistic. See how that works? We cannot just accept things as they are just because that is the way they are
     
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    I can't wait when Israelites / Jews start demanding Rome start paying reparations for any profit from the Colosseum or Egypt for the Pyramids.

    I genuinely feel bad for how much hate black people are going to face due to BLM.
     
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    Well reparations are bad so I'm willing to accept that they aren't around.
     

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