Sacramento Black Lives Matter: We Are the Change

 

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An act done in the name of justice does not automatically qualify as justice served. Justice will never be upheld until the ones who are sworn to uphold it are held to the same standards as every other American citizen.

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September 2016 Police Killings of Black People: They Are Killing Us In The Street!

September was ridiculous!

Back to back to back police killings of Black folks.

As Black folks, how much can we take without having anxiety and depression. Those of us that are more oppressed feeling PTSD from being targeted regularly in the places they call home. Heavily gentrified while folks call the police, and we end up dead as a result.

There are no more safe spaces for us.

#genocide

This month we had a young boy of 13 #TyreKing of Ohio, shot in his back by police who claimed he aimed a gun at them. He had a bb gun in an open carry state and was shot in his back. Which means he was running, and not pointing a gun. A 40 year old North Carolina man #KeithLamontScott was killed while reading a book in his car waiting for his child to get out of school. Another man in Oklahoma #TerenceCrutchner was called a "scary looking dude" as he complied and lay on the ground tazed. Then murdered. How much more can we take?

This month was hard. Hard doesn't even describe what it was.

All the way up until the last day of the month where a man #ReginaldThomas in Pasadena California called 911 for help because of a bipolar episode he was having, and they beat and killed him when they came out to his call for help. 

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We are going to start posting the names of Black folks killed by police, by the month. #perspective

 

 

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"Well, let's just agree to disagree..."

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Agree to disagree?

 When I hear “We’ll just have to agree to disagree,” I imagine white silence where it is easy to ignore that which makes one uncomfortable.

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Sacramento's Community Police Commission Needs Oversight Power

 

Our Sacramento City Council and Mayor Kevin Johnson have decreed Sacramento a world class city—they take great pride in their beautiful city of trees—but who is treated as a world class community member in regard to policing or public accountability? Who is able to enjoy the fruit of those beautiful trees?

Sacramento Police Department has killed two unhoused Black men experiencing mental health issues in the span of three months from April to July of 2016. Dazion Flenaugh and Joseph Mann were unarmed as police officers were called to provide them support and assistance due to their confused, but non-violent behavior. Instead they were targeted, taunted, and ultimately filled with unnecessary bullets to fulfill the city elite’s dream of a colonized—white and wealthy—Sacramento.

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Dear Mayor Johnson, We DECLINE Your Proposal to Silence Us

PRESS ADVISORY
September 19, 2016

IN RESPONSE TO AN INVITATION FROM MAYOR JOHNSON

The Sacramento Coalition of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, LEAD, and ACT urges city council to pass reform now, DECLINES invitations to organize more community forums. Coalition will conduct research and consult experts on giving policing commission power.

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BLM Sac in Coalition Effort to bring Justice in Policing to Sacramento

Come out on Tuesday 9/13! The most important night of the year to create fair and just policing in Sacramento. Your voice is needed. 

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List of Black Women Killed By Police

I am sure this isn't all of them.

I am damn sure that there is probably a huge list of women raped, trafficked, and assaulted by police that we just don't have access too because it isn't documented.

Let's not even get started on Black women and femmes killed by toxic masculinity. #DecolonizeYourMind

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I am really sick of the erasure of Black women that are abused by police.

I am pretty tired of their names not being lifted by folks in the movement, and completely erased by the many that only focus on Black men and boys.

We love you Black men, that is why we fight endlessly for you!

We love you Black people, that is why we will never stop fighting for freedom and liberation for ALL of us.

We definitely need that love back.

Cause you won't be free, till all of us are free. Intersections are real and create the most oppressed of us. 

 "The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman."

- Malcolm X

 

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#SayHerName

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Be The Change -- Black Lives Matter Sacramento Weekly Blog Update

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Have you ever seen that saying  "Be the change you wish to see in the world"? Well, now's your chance! 

 

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How You Livin'?

Black Empowerment

Dear BLM Women,

            You birthed the Movement, have a firm understanding of work which must be done, and are willing to sacrifice for change. You are strong in your conviction to see to it that your children grow up in a world where they have a right to speak up for injustice done to them and to injustices done to others. You are strong in your willingness to be called out by those who don’t understand what you do or even WHY you do what you do, and keeps it pushing. You work closely with other women, and manage on an almost daily basis, to learn from one another and build structures to push the Movement forward. You are the voice on television. You are the strength in numbers who not only show up but actively participate in making it known that ENOUGH is ENOUGH. There will never be enough words to describe the beauty in the struggle for a Black woman encouraged by possibilities for change. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi started it all with a creative Facebook post and so many have followed in the battle.

September 13, 2016 - All Together Now! Working with LEAD and SacACT 

 

Dear BLM Men,

            You know the Movement exists, are frequently confused about your place in the Movement, and want to interject what you think you know about a Movement you did not create. I empathize with you. We don’t take lightly to others shitting on your efforts, nor do we accept we have freedom to do the same to you. That ain’t support. Being a Black male of any age is difficult in America and throughout the world. You have a lot on your plate. You deal daily with being targets and victims of senseless acts of violence. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you reached for your waistband, had a kitchen knife, hammer, or a ham sandwich, overseers/officers have it in their minds through training and indoctrination, which allows them to see you as the enemy and shoot to kill with impunity. For instance, Dazion Flenaugh lost his life due to overseer/officer overreach and a need to “control a situation,” which quickly got out of hand, and we lost him. This was a young Black man, loved by his friends, family, and community. I understand your fear. #‎JusticeForDazion

          Paralyzing fear is REAL and it affects a serious number of Black men, women, and marginalized people.  One purpose of Black Lives Matters is to bring to light the often ignored acceptance of overseer/officer brutality, overreach of law enforcement power, and its impact on Brown bodies in this country. The conversation should point directly to the killing of marginalized folks in this nation. It should be an uncomfortable conversation which involves the discussion of racial profiling and how the PROGRAMMING of overseers/officers to target, victimize, and persecute us often leads to DEATH. We uplift the names of our young Black men, who were taken too soon, in our own city such as Adriene Ludd, whose death remains shrouded in mystery, because Scott Jones is trying to protect his militia by withholding a simple police report. #‎JusticeForAdriene  #notscottfree

            YES! The fear is legitimate. This fear is compounded in the hearts of Black Women of the Movement who not only fear for your lives but for ours as well.#SayHerName

            Systemic oppression and a lengthy history of cruelty has put Black men and women at odds for CENTURIES; pitted against one other for SURVIVAL. Black men and women have been beaten, burned, castrated, raped, families stolen away and sold, bred with our own kin, and a million other ways to destroy our spirit and our fight to get free. Our souls are damaged and raw. If we do nothing else in this Movement, it would be to encourage ALL Black men to not forget where you come from and support the women in our fight for you and with you. Recognizing a need to protect our individual spaces until we can form a union of opposition to the normalization of the Black American experience is going to take time, but we need you here. We need you present and willing to fight with us.  Know you are not alone, but remember, because we care does not mean we are here to bow down to male dominance. That’s not how we roll. Please know it is perfectly okay to want to assert dominance, but human nature sometimes must take a backseat for the greater good.

 September 4, 2016 - Come Meet the Community and Hit These Streets with Us!

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Toward Community-Led Accountability

 

Over the course of the last few years we have all collectively watched lynchings in the palms of our hands. We have seen bodies drop to the ground, children shot without warning, guns fired into chests without need, dead boys being cuffed and tormented --- every last moment of life dehumanized from the person they were or were to become. What we never see is transparency or accountability, let alone justice. We watch the violence on Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies by law enforcement shocked as if we just can’t fathom it. A few days ago, I myself, was saying, I can’t believe Baltimore shot a 5-year-old baby, but I don’t know why there is any disbelief, because last year I was saying I can’t believe how they murdered Freddie Gray. We need to stop pretending that any of this is new or shocking. We need to accept that something is horrifically wrong with our increasingly militaristic law enforcement agencies across the country and currently these atrocities are happening with impunity. We need to divest from a system that was created to oppress people. As always, the narrative belongs to the living and the dead can only compel us to act, so act we must. During the days of Jim Crow and commonplace extra-judicial killings, not all privileged community members stood around the tree like the sociopaths that they were --- many more hid in their houses, too afraid to take a hard stand --- like the cowards that they were.

As Sacramentans we need to collectively open that front door and march out into the street. Because I may have mentioned Baltimore, but we have nothing less shameful here. This year, in the span of only three months, our police department has murdered two unhoused Black men experiencing mental health issues. Neither had a firearm; both should be alive today.

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