Posts tagged African American
Posts tagged African American
[Image: A group of mostly-Black protesters. The one closest to the camera is holding a sign which reads “Justice is what Love looks like in public”. Other signs are all blocked, far away or cut off out of the shot.]
Occupy Milwaukee, October 15, 2011.
“What love looks like in public.”
1.WE WANT FREEDOM.
We believe that freedom is only possible through individual and community self-determination. In order for the black community to achieve self-determination all systems of oppression must be dismantled.
2. We want a reformation of the criminal justice system, the abolition of the prison industrial complex and the implementation of community based models of justice and accountability.
This system has routinely targeted Black folks in the form of police brutality and covert corruption in the penal system that has led to the mass incarceration of Black people. The prison system violates human rights, causes the separation of families and capitalizes off the neo-slave labor of Black and Brown bodies that has been the basis of a profitable prison industrial complex.
3. We want control over our reproductive health and believe it is essential to building and maintaining strong black communities.
The United States government has, from its inception, consistently attempted to regulate, scapegoat and profit from the reproductive capabilities of black people. The denial of reproductive justice and autonomy began during slavery and continues today in the form of sterilization abuses, purposeful prescription of harmful contraceptives, and the targeting of black women as eugenicists for demanding access to safe and legal abortions. We demand an end to the pathology and criminalization of black motherhood and families the right to affordable and safe reproductive health care for all.
4. We want an end to all forms of physical, emotional, and sexual violence against black children.
We oppose the continued removal of black children from their homes by state agencies and see it as a part of a continued assault on black families and a form of cultural genocide. Children in general, and black children in particular, are seen as less than human which makes them easy targets in a system where dependence is seen as weakness and vulnerability. Therefore we recognize that dismantling systems of oppressions that promote hierarchies of dehumanization are in the best interest of black children. Specifically we want to break the cycles of violence that exist in our communities.
5. We want media to reflect the diversity of who we are, to include our voices, value our bodies and our stories.
We believe that the media both mirrors and shapes society. Therefore there is a need to develop a critical eye towards our media consumption, as the media is a system that perpetuates oppression. We believe in a shared responsibility to consume, demand and create the messages and representations that truly reflect our humanity.
Rest at the link. Credit notes from original post = This twelve point platform was created by the Black Feminist Working Group (BFWG). (Iresha Picot, Kimberly Murray, Tiamba Wilkerson, Nuala Cabral, Darasia Shelby and Ladi’Sasha Jones). This document is inspired by the work and legacy of the Combahee River Collective and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
random education moment: see the difference here between “we want to end rape culture!” and this document? There are specific reasons to not have a detailed list of demands (as with OWS)—namely, if the (white supremacist heteropatriarchal nationalistic) media gets a hold of specific demands, they will hit those demands *relentlessly*—applying them to all people everywhere, corrupting them, appropriating them, etc.
but if you have specific detailed goals (and they don’t have to be “we will take down CNN”—they can be HUGE goals like “ending violence of all sorts against black children” etc)—they will necessarily guide how you do your organizing. And it will help to make it clearer—ok, maybe a protest isn’t what is needed at this moment—maybe at this moment, what’s needed is to organize free dental care for women and children in the community who can’t do any sort transformative world changing thinking/organizing while their pumped up on advil to deal with the pain.
and of course—that free dental care can be *liberatory*—i.e. as cleanings are happening, you can read a chapter of audre lorde outloud to distract from the uncomfortable. (just an idea). but the point is—if you center the people who you are claiming to want to mobilize—*rather than* the people who were never going to come anyway—you come up with much different reasons why nobody showed up to the protest—and those reasons are 99% of the time related to YOUR organizing strategies.