In Support of Racial Justice
It’s not enough to just say the words Black Lives Matter, we must make it true. We need to be willing to listen, learn, protect and lift up our Black community.
The murder of George Floyd may have brought the efforts of the BLM movement to your attention, but right here in our own area we’ve seen people die during interactions with police. There are many local activist and organizations who have always been doing the work of social justice and building up of the Black community and other communities of color.
We are encouraged by the ongoing protest happening throughout the surrounding areas of Pierce County and grateful to all those willing to stand in solidarity to protect Black lives. We welcome your support of racial justice and hope you will engage with local groups who need your support to make sure our community is a place where everyone is safe and has the ability to thrive.
– Damita O’Dell, Indivisible Tacoma Go4Action Team Lead
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Building a cross-cultural and intersectional movement grounded in anti-racism and directed at advancing Black liberation and social justice for all.
The People’s Assembly (formerly known as Tacoma Stands Up) was formed in response to a call for solidarity with organizers in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown.
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Who is Black Lives Matter?
From BLM website https://blacklivesmatter.com
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation Inc., is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
We are expansive
We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives
of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working
for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity
our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Please check the website for more info or to get involved.
What does Defund The Police mean?
We’ve tried police reform and throwing money into training and nothing has worked. Defunding is the only way to stop pouring resources into a system that does not make us safe.
Money can be moved to services that help keep our communities safe and help them thrive in education, healthcare, housing and opportunity.
In some cities just 5% less to police could double the budget for public health.
So BLM asks…
1st Demand lawmakers support reparations for all families of those killed & survivors of police violence.
2nd Demand every state, city or municipality spend less on law enforcement & incarceration period.
Finally Demand investment into Black community. It’s not enough to defund the police, we need to put in place systems that uplift and protect the Black community.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act HR7120 is the legislative response to BLM protest and demands that passed in the House.
The bill facilitates federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following:
- lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution,
- limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer or state correctional officer, and
- authorizes the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern or practice of discrimination.
- creates a national registry—the National Police Misconduct Registry—to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct.
- establishes a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.
- establishes new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies, including to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras
While the bill is focused on federal laws that can help, the real work is left to cities and states to prioritize people in their budgets. That won’t happen unless the community demands it.
Tacoma City Council has passed Resolution 40622 that recognizes our history of racism and affirms a commitment to equity in our community including policing.
You can read the full statement on their website. They also had an interactive workshop on July 23rd taking community input on the city’s budget.
In the exercise the participants overwhelmingly took funds from the police budget and added funds to housing, homelessness and community services.
Not only that but the budget ended with a $30 million surplus! The budget on video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbM1qa0WpC4&feature=youtu.be
The council will be seeking more community input on the budget so make your voices heard to ensure our budget reflects our values.