Truth in Sacramento: Between gentrification, the policing of poverty, and the lack of public control over our city’s institutions, we are seeing systemic racism flourish unchecked by our capitalistic-minded “leaders.” Currently Black Lives Matter Sacramento is responding through building solidarity amongst Black college students, unveiling and calling out predatory Oak Park investors, standing up to police brutality by demanding the Sacramento Police Commission hold the Sac Police Department to a higher standard of accountability, and finally, getting loud in partnership with other Sacramento progressive organizations to state that the whole system is guilty as hell in a liberating event toward the end of the month.
Oak Park, a historically working class Black neighborhood, is now home to a $65 an hour relaxation salon that provides customers salted water to float in, a café that provides $4-6 coffee choices, and a brewery who’s outside seating area is filled with a large number of white bodies. We all need and want to relax, but can the longtime Oak Park residents participate in the rapidly gentrified neighborhood? Can they even afford the rent? What happens to Black residents who are pushed out of their own community? Where do they go? Who in power is working for them? These are the questions that Sacramento BLM is asking and trying to answer. On February 27th, BLM Sac held a demonstration at the Guild Theater where there was a summit of developers, investors, real estate agents, and landlords coming together to seize what they wanted from Oak Park’s stolen community. Supporting local people in creating the change they want in their neighborhood, is important and what local officials should be doing. Treating people like chattel to lead where you want them to go and carve up their resources amongst the highest bidder, is shameful, but nothing new to the anti-Black capitalist machine we are facing in Sacramento. Erika Smith of The Sacramento Bee wrote a thoughtful response to the event.
Building solidarity amongst Black people has been and continues to be an act of ultimate resistance and is the true path toward liberation. Black Lives Matter (BLM) Sacramento presents: A Taste of Power (2), a solidarity building event between Black college students in the greater Sacramento area. This event will be one of learning, partnership, and exchange as we fellowship and discover ways to collaborate in the future. Our aim is for this Initiative to be the start of a genuine and fruitful partnership between BLM and college students of the African Diaspora across the Sacramento-Davis Metropolitan area during our era’s renewed struggle for black liberation. #TasteofPower
WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE: Classy Hippie Tea Co. - 3823 V Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
The Sacramento County Police Commission was created to increase the accountability of Sacramento PD to its citizens. How can this happen without the commission having oversight powers? Police do NOT police themselves, nor should they. The commission is made up of local citizens that have a stake in ending police brutality and the profiling of communities of color. Join BLM Sacramento to demand the commission be given more power to hold Sacramento PD accountable.
WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WHERE: Samuel Pannell Meadowview Community Center – 2450 Meadowview Rd., Sacramento, CA 95832
Intersections of the White Supremacist Capitalist Hetro-Patriarchy
THE WHOLE DAMN SYSTEM IS GULITY AS HELL. Yup. Gentrification IS colonization of Black communities. Black and brown people are killed by local law enforcement with zero transparency or accountability. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department routinely displays inhumane and violent behavior towards its citizens, and the overtly racist sheriff himself is actually running for office. We STILL have no answers, accountability, or justice for Adriene Ludd. Homeless folks are being harassed, arrested, and brutalized by a highly militarized police force. Our mayor sexually assaults children with little repercussions. City officials silence those in opposition to the current madness through fascist tactics. This list goes on… But, we are here, we are everywhere, and we are taking on these structures one-by-one demanding justice—demanding liberation. Join us in this event co-hosted by local civil rights and economic justice groups Answer and PSL. Live DJ. Speakers. Celebration. Revolution.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WHERE: Sacramento City Hall – 915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
“And, if i know anything at all,
it's that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.”
--Assata Shakur poem excerpt from I believe in Living