By now we know who we are and what we do, if not, no worries you will be educated by the end of this piece. Our energy and this work are sacred, and it’s a damn shame that we have to spend any time defending our name. Don’t get me wrong, arguing and using our time to convince others is not priority BUT if anyone thinks they can disrespect our work, drag our name, or discredit this chapter that is not something we can take lightly or allow.
Black lives matter.
ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.
We will fight like hell, like fire, like the burning of the stars for those that have been murdered by state violence. Our chalk outlines have names. Our taken loved ones have talent, beauty, and families that grieve their absence. Their stolen potential lives in our hearts and will fuel this revolution to create a world in which their value is seen, heard, and felt.
But don’t get it twisted. We are here for the living too.
We are here for beautiful BLACK futures. We hold the vulnerability and tenderness of Black babies in our vison of justice and liberation. We hold the centuries of strength, sacrifice, and hope of Black parents in our fight for reparations and demand for freedom.
And when you come for the littlest, you come for the ALL.
Every damn one of us.
IT HAPPENS IN SACRAMENTO. In fact, it happens so much in Sacramento, that we typically see about one cop kill someone in our area each month. Between all the law enforcement agencies in our region (Sac PD, Sac Sheriff, Citrus Heights PD, Rocklin PD, Chico PD, Elk Grove PD, etc), BLM Sacramento has been loaded with work, fighting for justice for too many people. Our work has been handed to us by these various law enforcement agencies and the governments who support them, and there continues to be NOTHING to hold any of them accountable for these heinous acts of murder.
“I lost a whole continent. A whole continent from my memory. Unlike all other hyphenated Americans, my hyphen is made of blood, feces and bone. When Africa says hello, my mouth is a heartbreak. Because I have nothing in my tongue to answer her. I do not know how to say hello to my mother. - African American II
We are the children's children of stolen children and all we want is to be seen and respected, thus this fight is still a fight for LIBERATION. Over the past few weeks Black Lives Matter Sacramento’s BLOG team has laced this community with verbal imagery that has evoked tears and pride......because in this life time we want change, especially for those with the biggest targets on their backs (queer and trans Blacks), and in the face of anti-Blackness--hear us, don't critique us. In honor of Black History month, let’s rewind some events that highlight the impact of this journey towards said LIBERATION……….Read more
Black Lives Matter, this movement, our everyday fight, is for Black liberation. Now I know, I know, we have heard these terms so many times but what the hell does it really mean? What should it look like? Is it being done right? Well let’s start by defining some of these words. First up, radical. Radical is defined as being extreme “especially as it regards change from accepted or traditional forms” or “favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms” (Dictionary.com). Second up, liberation. The online dictionary defines this as “the act of gaining equal rights or full social economic opportunities for a particular group”. I am not really a fan of this definition because when discussing Black liberation, I think it is important to note that WE DON’T WANT EQUAL RIGHTS.Read more
Pride should be an observance of Black Queer Revolution.
Radical Black and Brown Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Queer peoples gave us Pride. Literally, their willingness to fight back against state violence by any means necessary, bestowed upon us pride in who we were enough to challenge homophobia and transphobia to the present day. Their alignment with the Black Power movement and refutation of respectability politics catapulted gay liberation into revolutionary territory. To be clear, they were sex-workers, unhoused youth, hustlers, and drag queens. The Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) began the radical movement for liberation by feeding and sheltering unhoused youth and providing our community with dignity. Marsha P. Johnson was a fucking hero and she and Sylvia Rivera threw bricks of life into centuries of oppression. Stonewall re-birthed our communities.
Whitewashed, corporate, boring af, and cut off from it’s radical rainbow roots of color—this is Sac Pride.Read more
BLM Sacramento is fighting to “demolish the system that is killing us, criminalizing us, miseducating us, and oppressing us.” Anything that supports these systems will get shut down. Anything that distracts us from this fight will get called out.
Anti-black racism is thick in Sacramento. Whether it’s the SN&R running a cover story on Joseph Mann’s murderer or Solfire Yoga appropriating Black culture, anti-blackness will get SHUT DOWN. In. Its. Face.Read more
Collectively our chapter is a dope ass group of humans from a plethora of different backgrounds fighting for the liberation of ALL BLACK PEOPLE, plus a grip of other things. Real life issues, not no superficial shit. We face an array of adversaries, from crooked law enforcement agencies and other authoritative figures that mean the majority of the public no good, to your everyday uninformed, overly opinionated, average Joe or Janna, that has done less than nothing for the movement. The folx that speak down on it and allocate unsolicited advice while typing on their smartphone sitting comfortably in the tranquility of a yoga studio.
As our founder would say, “Unsolicited advice is criticism.”
Dear Well Intentioned People, Why Do We Really Honor King???
This isn’t about a juxtaposition of what King was or wasn’t, it’s about the erasure of historical facts and trues that make King a glorified Jesus symbol, toting respectability and “good negroe” symbolism. And especially when Black folks fail to realize the complexity of his gangster it gives white folks permission to pimp his legacy for the sake of feel good moments, like marching arm in arm with Blacks and cops and capitalistic greedy monsters. But it’s the after MLK day phenomenon, that intrigues me most……when folks of all creeds go back to their routines and forget that the DREAM wasn’t realized and the war is so far from over. Your/our well intentions can no longer be over looked, when the remainder of the year you forget that the fight must continue……or his legacy ends up being literally and figuratively DEAD.
MLK day has become symbolic of a dream of the DREAM for equality. Cities around this country often have symbolic marches in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr without realizing or embracing the essence of his and other’s walk towards Civil Rights. People quote the nice stuff King has said in the name of integration and inclusion. Truth be told, white supremacy is so deeply embedded in every aspect of society that even MLK’s dream has been watered down to make white folks feel like they can say, “hey King the black man with a dream was so profound,” even though they forget to stand for said DREAM. Let’s take that another step further, since King is so idolized folks forget everyone else who fought before King, with King and after King. Maybe that’s why the good folks of Sacramento cannot realize the importance of options, because they’ve been conditioned to idolize the clean-cut King and not appreciate the RADICAL King behind jail bars.Read more
Eric Johnson and SN&R, inadequately mentioned Tanya Faison and Black Lives Matter Sacramento in an their latest effort to wipe the slate of their anti-blackness. The fact of the matter is BLM Sacramento, Tanya Faison and others are putting their lives on the line, and are literally target practice for those who perpetuate institutionalized racism and anti-blackness in this town.Read more