Released today (August 1), “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice,” details the collective vision of the organizations that strategize under the banner of The Movement for Black Lives. Per the platform:
Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. We are a collective that centers and is rooted in Black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work.
“A Vision for Black Lives” is organized around six top-line policy planks:
End The War on Black People: We demand an end to the named and unnamed wars on Black people—including the criminalization, incarceration and killing of our people.
Reparations: We demand reparations for harms inflicted on Black people: from colonialism to slavery through food and housing redlining, mass incarceration and surveillance.
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.
Economic Justice: We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access.
Common Control: We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions and policies that are meant to serve us
Political Power: We demand independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society.
Each point of the platform takes a deep dive into the issue, bringing in research and resources; individual targeted actions at the local, state and federal levels; links to work that is already being undertaken toward achieving the goal; and even model legislation, where it exists.
Colorlines’ publisher, Race Forward, is among the platform’s endorsing organizations.