BLACK LIVES MATTER

From voting rights to incarceration, education, housing, and income, black Americans are absolutely not afforded equality or justice in our society. The US must come to grips with the deep structural racism built into our laws and economy, and that starts by recognizing that Black Lives Matter.

1. Reparations

Pay reparations to the descendants of African slaves, fully funded by a wealth tax;. This is a deliberate redistribution of historically plundered wealth to the impacted communities from whom it was stolen (who still suffer a massive, totally unaddressed wealth gap.)

2. Restorative Justice

Federally fund the creation of Restorative Justice Offices in every state to implement Restorative Justice Best Practices (including accountability metrics, democratic control, and non-carceral policing standards) set forth by the Movement for Black Lives and other impacted communities.

3. Community Control

Establish direct-democratic community control of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, ensuring that communities most harmed by destructive policing have the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary action, control budgets and policies, and subpoena relevant agency information.

4. Racial Justice Policy

Source federal racial justice policy exclusively from impacted communities. We have adopted much of this policy from Campaign Zero (by the Movement for Black Lives) and the rest is derived from direct interaction with racial justice activists.

 

Ending Violence against Black and Brown Communities

5. Demilitarize Police

Demilitarize our police forces so they don’t look and act like invading armies. Invest in community policing. Only when we get officers into the communities, working within neighborhoods before trouble arises, do we develop the relationships necessary to make our communities safer together. 

6. 420 Reparations

Pay reparations to individuals who were incarcerated or had property seized due to marijuana- related offenses​.

7. Civilian-Controlled Agency

Create an independent, transparent, 100% civilian-controlled agency that allows for good officers to report the actions of bad officers without fear of retaliation and provides accountability structures to immediately dis-empower and remove individuals who abuse their power from their positions.

8. Diversify Policing

Demand police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities, including in the training academies and leadership.

9. Fund Body Cameras

Federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to ensure that they’re held accountable for their actions.

10. Require Body-cams for Law Enforcement

Require that body cameras be enabled for the entirety of all law enforcement shifts, and render the cameras impossible for the users to disable.

11. Public Body-cam Footage

Require that footage collected by body cameras be made public within 24 hours of any officer-involved shooting.

12. Public Shooting & Death Data

Require police departments and states to collect data on all shootings and deaths that take place while in police custody, and to make that data public.

13. De-Escalation Training

Require Police officers to be trained to de-escalate confrontations and humanely interact with people who have mental illnesses.

 

Ending Political Disenfranchisement

14. Restore Voting Rights

Restore voting rights to every American who currently cannot vote due to a felony conviction. This includes currently incarcerated persons.

15. Election Day

Make Election Day a national holiday to increase voters’ ability to participate.

16. Voting Accessibility

Enact prepaid vote-by-mail nationwide.

17. No-Fault Absentee Ballots

Make no-fault absentee ballots an option for all Americans.

18. Automatic Voter-Registration

Automatically register every American to vote when they turn 18 or move to a new state. The burden of registering voters should be on the state, not the individual voter.

19. Protect Minority Votes

End discriminatory laws and the purging of minority-community names from voting rolls.

20. Expand Polling Locations

Ensure that there are sufficient polling places and poll workers to prevent long lines from forming at the polls anywhere.

 

Ending For-Profit Policing

21. Ban For-Profit Prisons

Ban all for-profit prisons, which create incentive to arrest, jail and detain non-violent offenders in order to keep prison beds full.

22. End the "War on Drugs"

End the failed “War on Drugs” and eliminate mandatory minimums which result in sentencing disparities between black and white people.

23. Legalize It!

Federally legalize marijuana.

24. Decriminalize Drug Use

Federally decriminalize all drug use and treat the opioid and methamphetamine epidemics like a public health emergency.

25. Legalized Banking Access

Allow people in states which legalize marijuana like Washington to be able to fully participate in the banking system and not be subject to federal prosecution for using pot.

26. End Quotas

Investigate local governments that are using implicit or explicit quotas for arrests or stops. Federally ban arrest quotas.

27. End Fines as Revenue

Stop local governments that are relying on fines, fees or asset forfeitures as a steady source of revenue.

28. CAF Reparations

Require governments funded by civil asset forfeiture to pay reparations to individuals whose property/assets were unfairly seized by a predatory system of policing.

 

Ending Environmental Violence

29. Protect Climate-Impacted Communities

Protect low-income and minority communities, who are hit worst by the effects of climate change, while also protecting existing energy-sector workers as they transition into clean energy and other jobs.

30. Equal Enforcement

Require equal enforcement of environmental, civil rights and public health laws across all communities.

31. Clean Up Waste

Address the inadequate environmental cleanup efforts of ‘Superfund’ hazardous waste sites in communities of color.

32. End Environmental Racism

Stop the unequal exposure of people of color to harmful chemicals, pesticides and other toxins in homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces, and challenge faulty assumptions in calculating, assessing and managing risks, discriminatory zoning and land-use practices and exclusionary policies.

33. Cleaner Products, Cleaner Jobs

Federally mandate cleaner manufacturing processes, renewable energy systems, and safe product designs that end pollution and the use of toxic chemicals while providing safe jobs and other economic benefits for people of color.

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