On December 28th, Black Lives Matter Sacramento held a Press Conference and released a Public Statement detailing our progress in the fight for answers, transparency, and accountability surrounding Adriene Ludd’s death. Adriene Ludd’s mother was in attendance along with various members of the media. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California joins us in calling for transparency in the Adriene Ludd case and has released a statement in support of this fight.
On December 22nd, Black Lives Matter Sacramento held an event called Unity & Food: Meeting with Leaders. This event featured community organizers and activist leaders who came together to share ideas, information, and food in an open and supportive environment.
Organizational Spotlight: The Community Dinner Project
One special attendee at the Unity and Food event was James “Faygo” Clark who represents The Community Dinner Project. The Community Dinner Project has been occupying Sacramento City Hall to demand the #Right2Rest since December 8th and the action is ongoing. The #Right2Rest refers to individuals deserving the right to rest without being harassed by the police. This occupation of 915 I Street is being done to fight Sacramento’s camping ordinance which discriminates against homeless people.
According to their Facebook Page, The Community Dinner Project’s goal is to unite the community to challenge unjust laws, hold policy-makers, and police accountable, improve the community and serve an organic meal to the hungry. They have the support of Black Lives Matter Sacramento and if you would like to donate to their cause click here. Please support them by giving of your time and presence at City Hall if you are able to do so because the visible backing of this movement is critical to its success.
UPCOMING EVENTS: December 29th Candlelight Vigil for Tamir Rice
Black Power Flashback
In 1962, Malcolm X, addressing an audience in Los Angeles, said the following:
“The grand jury is stacked against Negros. The press, the radio, the television, and the newspapers are stacked against Negros...The controlled press inflames the white public against Negros…the police are able to use the press to paint the Negro community as a criminal element. Once the police have convinced the white public that the so-called Negro community is a criminal element, they can go in and question, brutalize, [and] murder unarmed, innocent Negros. And the white public is gullible enough to back them up. This makes the Negro community a police state.”
A disparaging analysis of the affairs of his day, Malcolm's statement is still sadly applicable. What has changed since the 1960s? Once again, a grand jury declined to bring charges against officers who are responsible for killing a black person, in this case, 12 year old Tamir Rice. Both traditional and non-traditional forms of media continue to act as racist tools, painting blacks as the criminal element and our deaths at the hands of police as business as usual. Our civil and human rights are trampled upon and we are told to “respect the process”. Respect? Processes that uphold anti-black systems of oppression are not deserving of respect by anyone, now or ever. We will not respect a process that allows us, as tax-paying citizens, to effectively subsidize our own terrorism as police are allowed to brutalize us with impunity. We respect the lives lost and the families left to pick up the pieces as justice eludes them yet again. This evening, Black Lives Matter Sacramento will hold a candelight vigil for Tamir Rice. This event will be held to respect and honor Tamir Rice and the many others whose lives have been taken by reckless and violent policing.
"You can't kill a Revolution" - Fred Hampton