Martin Luther King Jr Day: A Dream Still Deferred
As we look back on 2015, MLK Day means something a little different to the black community. We experienced a year where it was open season on all blacks. Add to this, the pervasive and systemic racism that we were already trying to counteract. So, I’m conflicted this year; and, it’s a shared sentiment amongst people of color. What does this day mean to so many brown people, and have we met the expectation of hope that resonated in MLK’s dream?
2016: Racist Police State or Systemic Revolution—You Decide
Welcoming In 2016
We currently live in a racist militarized police state where law enforcement has legal impunity to murder Black people. 2015 saw the killings of 1200 community members by police. Of those, 200+ were completely unarmed.
Organizational Spotlight: The Community Dinner Project -- Black Lives Matter Sacramento - Weekly Blog Update
On December 28th, Black Lives Matter Sacramento held a Press Conference and released a Public Statement detailing our progress in the fight for answers, transparency, and accountability surrounding Adriene Ludd’s death. Adriene Ludd’s mother was in attendance along with various members of the media. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California joins us in calling for transparency in the Adriene Ludd case and has released a statement in support of this fight.
On December 22nd, Black Lives Matter Sacramento held an event called Unity & Food: Meeting with Leaders. This event featured community organizers and activist leaders who came together to share ideas, information, and food in an open and supportive environment.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento has been diligently working to obtain justice for Adriene Ludd. Here is detailed report of our progress.
ACLU of Northern California Joins Black Lives Matter in Calling for Transparency after Shooting of Adriene Ludd
For Immediate Release :
Statement by Micaela Davis, Criminal Justice & Drug Policy Attorney with the ACLU of Northern California
Why We Are Holding A Press Conference on December 28 -- Black Lives Matter Sacramento Weekly Blog Update
Recent Events: Black Lives Matter, Sacramento was invited to participate in the Oak Park Family Christmas Health Fair on Saturday December 19, to share information about the organization with Oak Park Residents. At the fair, kids met Santa, and families were offered free health screenings, free food, music and vendor tables.
As BLM- SAC members mingled and shared about what we do, several residents opened up about their personal experiences of harassment and even brutality by police in Sacramento and elsewhere. Residents also shared about other issues of concern in the Oak Park community beyond police abuses. Black Lives Matter, Sacramento is looking forward to working with long term Oak Park residents to build the kind of community they envision.
Upcoming Events: (click to read more)
We're Here for Transparency and Accountability; Not Your Friendship -- Black Lives Matter Sacramento Weekly Blog Update
How do you build relationships and trust in a community where trust has been broken?
To the common person, that would be through transparency, accountability, and open communication.
(Photo: A still frame of Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones's YouTube video to President Obama on immigration)
But to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and his deputies at the Sheriff’s Department, transparency and accountability are apparently not in their vocabulary.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento is prepping for a productive and powerful December. From community fundraising to direct action, we'll be out in full force pushing social justice forward.
In response to the murder of Adriene Ludd by the Sacramento Sheriff's Department in October, BLM Sacramento has formally presented Sheriff Scott Jones with a list of demands due to be addressed by December 13th, 2015. The demands for justice are:
November 22nd marked one month that Adriene Ludd was murdered by the Sacramento Sheriff department. During that month, the family hasn't received any information on the death of their loved one.
They don't know how many times Adriene was shot.
They don't know who the officers names are that shot him.
They don't know why his body was left out on the ground uncovered for over 11 hours.
They don't know why, when he reached the coroner, he was again left out for 24 more hours. Forcing the family to have to cremate him.
The only things that this grieving family does know is that the imagery of Adriene that the media and sheriff department released to the public, was no where near accurate.