Black Lives Matter consists of local sections, which operate largely independently, and local organizers. Local organizing is an effective way to address racial inequality and other issues that overlap with systemic racism, says Michael Cullor, executive director of the Center for Racial Justice, a nonprofit that advocates for grassroots justice in the racial movement. Often, the organization is “so powerful that it is not run by one person or group,” Cullors says.
A common misconception is that “Black Lives Matter” is just a trendy hashtag, fighting only for the right of black people to live with dignity and respect. Cullors says inclusivity is what matters, and it springs from a place of love. There are many ways to deal with anti-black racism, such as advocating equal access to health care, education, housing, jobs, and other social services, and including a commitment to the “American democracy” that black peoples helped create.
BLM is not about saying “no” to identity, but about looking at how marginalized people are influenced by Trump and his regime.
Lives Matter is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and intervene in the violence perpetrated by state vigilantes against black communities. BLM seeks and supports other minority groups and sometimes works with other progressive coalitions under the banner of the majority.
BLM is a liberator who believes in an inclusive and inclusive movement and strives to build a movement that embraces all fronts. BLM also believes that when many people win, we must move forward to bring them together, not the narrow-minded nationalism that is all too prevalent in the black community.
From California to London to Australia, the movement to which BLM belongs has shaken up the world. BlackLivesMatter has emerged as a rallying cry for the black community following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Lives Matter will be awarded the 2017 Peace Prize in Sydney in November.
When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the Trayvon Martin murder, many of the organizations that had developed were already ready to take action. In 2012, Travyon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager from Sanford, Florida, was killed by a neighborhood watch while trying to buy a pack of Skittles at a nearby gas station. That he was killed in a middle-class neighborhood in 2012 was misplaced.
The Million Hoodies Justice Movement organized students across the country to help them organize for gun reform. The hashtag Black Lives Matter began to organize around the killing of other black people and became a symbol of the importance of black lives, not just for Martin, but for all men and women of color.
It began as a chapter-based, member-led organization tasked with building local power and intervening when state vigilantes engaged in violence against black communities. The black-led institutions became leaders who, if you didn’t know, would soon take over the institutions of law enforcement and become the first black leaders of the Black Panther Party in the US.
In the years that followed, we committed ourselves to fighting together, imagining and creating a world without blackness in which every black person has social, economic, and political power to prosper.
This includes making room for queer leaders, respecting diversity, practicing empathy, working in intergenerational networks, and working together, lovingly, and courageously. From the very beginning, our intention has been to bring together black people from all over the world who have a common desire for justice and want to act together in their communities. Black Lives Matter began in response to state-sanctioned violence against black women and people of color in the United States.
The network supports those who have hitherto been sidelined from the public eye to take centre stage. Black Lives Matter is committed to rebuilding the black liberation movement in the face of ongoing violence against black women and people of color in the United States.
When people counter our call for justice with the sentence: “All life matters,” is a fallacy in the answer. Lost in the discussion is what Black Lives Matter is and what it stands for. If all lives should be important, if we live in a world where all life is equal, then we are in a utopia.
Black Lives Matter was founded as a hashtag and political project following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Eric Holder.
Cullor, a community organizer in Los Angeles, shared a Facebook post and put the hashtag before those three words. For Alicia Patrisse Opal, “BlackLivesMatter” was never just a hashtag or a social media meme.
The slogan “Black Lives Matter” has been adopted by a homegrown movement against racism and police brutality. Last month, the BLM celebrated its fourth anniversary and published its Guiding Principles for the Location of its Members and Organizations. The Black Widow Matter Global Network comprises more than 40 chapters scattered across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a growing presence in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities.