Can We All Be Wrong? - Black Lives Matter Sacramento Weekly Blog

Can We All Be Wrong?
 
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For over a year now BLMSacramento, other organizations and individual community members have been in courtroom after courtroom supporting folx, for no other reason except that Law Enforcement narratives continue to cause one to further question and doubt the system.  Law enforcement has a history of pitching false narratives to local and national media outlets solely to justify the outrageous nature of their behaviors masked as FEAR.  Consequently throughout the world, Black folx are seen as the scum of the earth, no exaggeration.
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Community Control & Safety: Sac Alternatives to the Police

There is less than a mile from the freeway offramp to my home, but in that short distance I see the late stages of capitalism and white supremacy unravelling all around me. New transformer-looking Sac Sheriff’s SUVs speed past unhoused folx dehydrating on the center divider—public servants too busy detaining and searching Black neighbors to pass a water bottle to a community member in need. Sac PD rolls through being bolstered by the 30 additional officers assigned to Oak Park after an increase in community violence, but I just see them spend their time hassling and raiding encampments of neighbors solely trying to survive. Meanwhile, a woman with tears running down her checks stumbles into traffic and no one seems to give a fuck because her melanin and gender have already been ascribed guilt. …and who are Paladin Security, really, and why are they everywhere?

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#Justice4JamesNelson

On June 23rd, 2017, James Nelson, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was experiencing a mental health crisis and was in need of help. Citrus Heights Police Department responded, and instead of helping James, they held him to the scolding hot ground. That day was 100 degrees, and the asphalt was reported to be as hot at 170 degrees. He suffered (and is still suffering this day) from severe burns and was fighting for his life for weeks after the abuse. He underwent surgery for skin grafts and is likely going to need more. Days after the incident, CHPD tried to turn around and say that James was a "suspect" for robbery. Videos have been released of the supposed "robbery" incident, which clearly shows no such thing happened.

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Dear White People: Get Your Folx!

We usually don't gear our messaging to white folks but I had to share this gem with permission from Hannah Gladstone

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Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Defeat of Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones

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Scott Jones announced today that he will not seek a third term as the Sacramento County Sheriff. Short of an immediate recall from office, this might be the best news of 2017 for Sacramento County. Scott Jones is a major  reason a Black Lives Matter chapter exists in Sacramento.

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One Mother’s Journey On the Inside of Injustice Igzabihair’s Story

Let me introduce you to Igzabihair Jabir Yamakosi-Lewis……..

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Letter From The Justice Team to Sheriff Scott Jones

Hands Off BLM Leader Tanya Faison

 

Black Lives Matter Leader Tanya Faison of Sacramento, CA, has come under attack by Sheriff Scott Jones of Sacramento County. Late last week, in response to a planned Black Lives Matter protest, Sheriff Jones put out a statement wherein he stated that he didn’t have a problem with “Black Lives Matter but rather Tanya Faison”. In this official statement, he fabricated numerous accusations against Ms. Faison.
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Abolishing White Supremacy

Take a deep breath and bring your focus back to what matters—Black liberation. Sit with this awhile. Envision the community you would surround yourself with, the joy you would feel as all Black people—and by extension all people—were valued and grew into the beautiful possibilities that each of us hold free from any binds of oppression. Embrace this image close to your heart, because we are going to need these collective dreamscapes to fuel what is coming and what has always been.

When our streets run with the blood of Black bodies killed by law enforcement sworn to protect and serve, when our communities are lined with unhoused folks being harassed for surviving extreme poverty, when our courtroom & jails are overflowing with Black & Brown bodies funneled into cages whose doors never really open, when our schools teach “tolerance” even as they force out Black children from their classrooms, when it is easier to self-medicate than it is to find adequate health care, and when our housing is so expensive and unstable that developers become the only profiteers of our labor, we need to acknowledge that white supremacy is not even remotely new. Thousands of torch-wielding nazis shouldn’t be necessary for you to be outraged. The atrocity of Black death has been institutionalized for centuries from enslavement to the Prison Industrial Complex. #thishasALWAYSbeenus.

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Updates About Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones

Scott Jones, we don’t want you!

 

Scott Jones is an elected official. He is supposed to represent and serve the community.

 

Instead, he is detaining undocumented immigrants (and getting paid hella money for it by the federal government).

 

Instead, he is attacking black leaders.

 

Instead, he is running an inhumane county jail, where Armani Lee (among others) continue to be abused and degraded.

 

Instead, his staff is getting away with killing unarmed black people.

 

He is not serving our community -- he is HARMING our community. He has not been held accountable for any of this. And now, he has been so encouraged by the lack of accountability from his superiors that he has taken it to another level.

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Important Updates From Your Local Abolitionists

First off, Sacramento, we need you to show up. You gotta hear this… it is vital to our liberation that YOU join us in this fight. We need YOU. We need your family. We need your friends. We need your neighbors. And here’s why….

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