FREEDOM NOW: July 21 Collective Action for Justice
Free from violence. Free from oppression. Free to be our full selves. Free to love. Freedom Now.
If you've been marching on the streets or been on the sidelines, this is your opportunity to join the movement for justice to make sure today is different than yesterday. We can create a future where Black children live in peace and possibility, not under a police state.
We will honor those we've lost by fighting for the world we can build together, the world we know is possible, the world we deserve.
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It has been a year this month since the Lexington Urban County Council approved the funding for #LPDBodyCameras. We are asking that you join us in calling Mayor Jim Gray and the City Council members to ensure they met the self-imposed deadline of wearing body cameras by the end of the summer.
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Take action in the Movement for Black Lives by showing your support for Black Lives Matter Lansing demands presented to Mayor Virg Bernero and Chief Michael Yankowski on July 15 at the Prayer in Protest Rally at Lansing City Hall. Letters were submitted to both Mayor Bernero and Chief Yankowski with an opportunity to respond at the public forum. Copies of the letters are posted at https://www.facebook.com/blmlansing along with contact information.
Take action by calling/writing the Mayor, Chief, Police Commission and City Council to encourage action on BLM Lansing demands.
BLM Lansing Demands for Mayor Bernero:
1) Pledge a commitment to financial investment in the 2016-17 budget specifically to address the root causes and underlying conditions that perpetuate violence against and in the Black communities of Lansing
2) Establish a general fund line item of not less than $1M to implement the MY Lansing MBK Action Plan
3) Reduce the LPD budget by $1M per year each year and reallocate those funds to MY Lansing Action Plan implementation. The cumulative budget reallocation will not be less than $15M over the next five years to establish an endowment dedicated to closing gaps in outcomes for children in Lansing.
BLM Demands for Chief Yankowski and the Mayor-appointed Lansing Police Commission:
1) Pay respect to the Black lives lost to police violence and the surviving families
2) Implement policies and practices that de-escalate tensions with Black residents
3) End racial profiling and over-policing in Black communities
4) Proper identification of the race/ethnicity of residents stopped and/or arrested by police
5) End the militarization and aggressive policing tactics of the Lansing Police Department when encountering Black residents.
July 25,2016. 12pm-12:05pm POST YOUR STAND FOR UNITY PICS!!! ALL ACROSS THE NATION. WORK/HOME ANY &EVERYWHERE YOU ARE!!!TAKE A STAND FOR UNITY!!! Lets Break the internet with unity!
#BlackLivesMatter solidarity vigil in Belfast
Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 7 pm
Belfast City Hall
We are delighted to announce that #BlackLivesMatter, the now global social, political and gender justice campaign, is coming to Belfast! On Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 7 pm, we will be hosting a #BlackLivesMatter solidarity vigil at the Belfast City Hall, and you are warmly invited.
Several similar events have been held in Ireland over the past two weeks, in Dublin, Cork and Galway. There have also been a number of events in mainland Britain. What is unique about a #BlackLivesMatter/#BLM event in this part of the world is the message of solidarity it sends, and the opportunity it gives to zoom into issues of racial profiling and related micro-aggressions, which often go unnoticed. It is also an act of solidarity against violence against black people in the USA and indeed elsewhere. Discrimination and violence against black people is, unfortunately, something that exists across the world, and some of you may be familiar with the horror stories of violence faced by black students in places such as India and Russia. We also approach the issue with an understanding of the intersectionalities involved, including highly disproportionate level of violence against black [cis and trans] women, and the series of murders of black trans and queer people (especially in the USA, but also in other parts of the world).
Thinking of #BLM and #Belfast, we certainly cannot afford to forget the legacy of Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866), who even at the late age of 88, would still walk up to the port of Belfast, and distribute anti-slavery tracts to people immigrating to the USA. The 26th of July marks Mary Ann’s 150th death anniversary (she is buried in Belfast’s Clifton cemetery). It will be very timely and worthwhile if we could link Mary Ann’s legacy to the present-day #BLM movement, and affirm that (while recognising the contributions of Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi who initially put together the #BLM hashtag and started what is now a global movement, see for e.g. http://fortune.com/2016/03/24/black-lives-matter-great-leaders/), we in Belfast can proudly note that there was a local woman who strongly affirmed that Black Lives Matter back in the 19th century, right here in Belfast.
We therefore consider it extremely appropriate to link Mary Ann McCracken’s 150th death anniversary commemoration and a #BLM solidarity vigil, two fitting tributes to a unique figure in the history of social justice movements in Ireland, and a very important, if not the most important social and gender justice struggle of the present times
The vigil will be held on 26th of July 2016 from 7 pm to 8 pm, in front of the Belfast City Hall. The line-up will include songs and poetry, as well as a couple of short speeches. Our speakers, representing Belfast’s black and ethnic minority communities, will zoom in on what #BLM is, highlighting its relevance to the local Irish/British Isles context, and to the specific context of Northern Ireland. Speakers will also focus on Mary Ann and the vital relevance of her legacy to today’s context, making this a truly special evening.
We are very keen to make this a truly inclusive evening, organised by a collective coordinated by two women of colour - thereby reflecting a key organisational tenet of #BLM, largely organized by [cis & trans] women of colour and trans & queer people of colour. Members of Belfast’s vibrant black and ethnic minority communities are especially invited. We also wish to reiterate that this is a welcoming space for people from all backgrounds, political persuasions, faiths, sexual orientations and gender identities. We extend a very special invitation to activists working in the areas of gender justice, social justice, reproductive justice, reconciliation and the preservation of the Irish language. A very warm welcome is extended to the LGBTQI community.
We have created a Facebook event page, which is being updated regularly. Should you wish to get in touch, we can be reached at email@example.com, and via the Twitter handles below.
Maria Lourenco @MariaLourenco74
Chaminda Weerawardhana @fremancourt
ACT NOW IS A FLASH MOB STYLE PERFORMANCE ART PIECE
ABOUT BLACK AMERICANS KILLED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
IT ASKS OUR COMMUNITIES WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
THE PIECE WAS CREATED TO INCITE ACTION
AND EFFECT LEGISLATIVE CHANGE AND REFORMS
BECAUSE BLACK LIVES MATTER
AND WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO STAND BY.
IT WILL BE PERFORMED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN MIAMI, ATLANTA, WASHINGTON DC, AND NEW YORK CITY
ON SAT, JULY 30TH AT 7:30 PM
JOIN THE ACT NOW CAMPAIGN AND RSVP TODAY. ONCE YOU RSVP THROUGH EVENTBRITE, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH THE EXACT EVENT LOCATION ON THE MORNING OF JULY 30th. TO VOLUNTEER OR PARTICIPATE IN THE PERFORMANCE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.
We envision a March as united and as impactful as The March on Washington. On August 28, 2016, the 53rd Anniversary of The March we will March on Boston's Trails to Freedom. Along the route, speakers, performers, and faith leaders will join together to demonstrate, collaborate, educate, and demand change. During the closing ceremony there will be a bell ringing ceremony at the Old North Church (on oldest set of change ringing bells in North America) and The African American Meeting House (the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States).
The Bells will chime in remembrance of the life and work of Dr. King and in tribute to his legacy, and those who are still ready and willing to answer the call to action for today’s movement, and who like us believe in nonviolence and dignity as the only mean of struggle to achieve equality of mankind, without regard to race, belief and social status.
(1) Massachusetts, the first state to abolish slavery in 1783, attracted the largest concentration of free blacks in the country.
(2) Out of countless events since the #AlstonSterling murder, coordinated by several NGO's and nonprofit organizations, there have been no arrests and no violence. We can and will keep that momentum going.
(3) Boston has long been a hub of abolitionists and powerful activists. This is a time and historical place poised for change.
Call to Action - This is OUR March. Join in to make it something Dr. King and Malcolm would have been proud of. We would appreciate volunteers and support in the following areas:
Organizations with complementary missions to endorse, sponsor, and/or promote the March
Faith Leaders for the Interfaith Service
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM through August 29, 2016 · 20 rsvpsrsvpBoston's Trails To Freedom: Various sites along The Black Heritage Trail and Boston Freedom Trail in Boston , MA20 RSVPs