#BlackLivesMatter - A Note from Paul Kivel

by: EJ on 12/17/2014

Dear People,


We are in a historical moment when, at least temporarily, the curtain is drawn back on the ugly brutality of state sponsored white supremacy in the U.S. How long this moment lasts depends upon our actions. We have an opportunity to join and amplify the Black-led efforts to reveal and address the historical devastation that police violence, mass incarceration, and other aspects of racism create. We have an opportunity to add our voices and actions to the movement for racial justice.

This newsletter is based on the demands of African Americans in Ferguson, NYC and elsewhere who are reeling from the ongoing and longstanding callous disregard for Black lives.* It begins with lists of those demands. The rest of the newsletter provides framing and action tools for white people to get involved in ways that are accountable to national and local Black leadership. I have found these resources to be inspiring and useful guidelines for my own involvement. I trust that you will as well.

Now is a time to be creative and bold, to take risks, to act accountably, and to prepare for sustained struggle for racial justice.

 * #BlackLivesMatter is a phrase coined by Alicia Garza with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi "as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.

 Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks' contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression." A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza, October 7, 2014. Available at http://thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/.

Go to Paul Kivel's Facebook page to read the complete newsletter and the Compendium of Resources for #BlackLivesMatter.

In Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel explains in depth how to be a good ally.  In his newsletter, he also shares this excellent video from @Chescaleigh on five steps to being an ally.














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