Here is the letter of demands sent to our elected sheriff Scott JonesRead more
Black liberation is based on the promise of a time and space in which Black lives thrive, not despite, but because of existing social conditions. These conditions have historically been and are currently so violent, so traumatizing, and so dehumanizing that only the power and magic of a deep love of self, family, and community could possibly battle against the immense terror of a white supremacist state. This movement then, can only be fueled by massive, unrelenting love. In practice, this looks likes people collectively banning together to love and support each other as we would our own children, own mothers, own loved ones.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento advocates for Nandi Cain, Jr. through the horror that was committed against him on 4/10/2017 by the Sacramento Police and Sheriff’s Departments, and is dedicated to demanding not only accountability for the agencies and officers involved, but also restorative justice for the trauma he has and will continue to endure.Read more
Lately (or maybe not-so-lately), police in this region are showing how corrupt they are – they’re getting so encouraged and gutsy that they don’t even have to hide it. They are so blatant with their lies and ambiguity, and they get away with all of it. With recent murders, tragedies, heinous injustices and unethical behavior, local law enforcement agencies never cease to show their true colors, and individual officers continue to walk away untouched by the “justice” system, not reprimanded by their supervisors, and not having to answer to their community.Read more
Day by day, week by week, month and year the fight for social justice continues when the men and women who put on their blue uniforms under the guise of “To Protect and Serve” reverberates in corruption. The false promise of the POLICE to Protect and Serve.......looks good on paper, websites, badges and the side of police cars.....but in reality law enforcement is protecting and serving the money and politics of white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. With that being said, that makes every black, brown and non-white officer NOTHING BUT A TOOL FOR THE SYSTEM.
“Until the story of the hunt is told by the lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” –African Proverb
Anti-Blackness is deep in our city, and the Sacramento institutions that hold power over Black lives consistently try to tell the story of diversity and unity while simultaneously silencing Black voices. We are NOT a world-class city committed to racial and social justice—despite the deceitfulness that falls from of lips of our leaders. We are instead locked in terror of the hunt—watching Black bodies bleed out in what should be our streets, watching Black minds being railroaded by racist law enforcement and held captive in our filthy jail cells, watching young people navigate anti-Blackness in our very own school-to-prison-pipeline, and watching as white supremacy steals not only Black lives, but rewrites the story to gaslight and criminalize those fighting to survive. The lion, tho…
Her roar, unwaveringly loud and centuries deep, has already cracked the foundation of these institutions of violence. She is now calling her siblings to her side, and when they surround the hunter they will reclaim their own, unlock the jail cell, and dismantle the classroom. This is the story that is being written right now.Read more
June marks Pride Month, which is a time for many queer and transgender people to visibly celebrate and embrace the many things that make us unique, beautiful and brilliant. Many would attribute the Stonewall Riots of 1969 as a pivotal event in queer and transgender history. These riots stemmed from police brutality and harassment. Transgender women of color led the protests and riots of Stonewall, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. At the roots of Pride is a radical movement of resistance.
I have a serious questions to all of our readers. You don’t have to respond or even have the answer now but let it be something you think about during your week, when the videos of black bodies being targeted show up on your timeline. Why is it ok for people to look at this movement and question the fight rather than look at the systems we are fighting and question the system? When did fighting for black people to be treated with dignity and respect become a revolution?
One of our best protections against state retribution for our political activity is public documentation of the threats they bring:
- I was informed by a trusted friend this week that the sheriff of the Emeryville Police Department gave a talk to a group of white women democrats that were headed to speak at the oakland women's march. They were concerned about their safety and asked Chief Jennifer Tejada to come give them pointers. She told them that the time to leave was when Cat Brooks spoke because apparently I am one of the most dangerous figures in the Bay Area and I incite people to violence. It should be noted I was never slated to speak at the women's march.
Lorenzo Cruz was a baby. Twenty-three years old and stolen from his mother’s arms. No blog in existence could accurately describe the horrible emptiness that now resides between those arms. Arms that not too long ago rocked him to sleep, arms that not too long ago soothed his tears in a momma’s hug, arms that will now for too long fall empty—robbed of their child.Read more
Last week, at the Sacramento Police Department annual awards ceremony, three officers who murdered Dazion Flenaugh were honored for their “courage” in killing Dazion. The officers who murdered Dazion are Jeffrey Todd Carr, Dustin Southward and Eric Toomey.