Since October of 2015, (32 months ago) law enforcement has killed 9 Sacramentans.
Mathematically that's 1 person every 3.5 months.
How many need to be killed before we do something other than watch the video and act sad and helpless?
Yes I am calling you out, not in.
Where are you?!!
“No Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”
Pride cannot be a celebration when our children are unhoused.
Pride cannot be a celebration when local law enforcement steals another Black life in Sacramento.
Pride cannot be a celebration when a local Black Trans activist is STILL facing charges for challenging a system that wants her dead.
Pride cannot be a celebration when physical and economic state terror leave so many of our community in pain and struggle.
Pride is, was, and always will be RESISTANCE against inherently oppressive systems and marginalization. Fifty years ago, Marsha P. Johnson threw a brick at the Stonewall bar and started a seven day riot against police terror to protect herself and her friends. She didn’t know she was writing our history, she just loved her people and was fed up. The sense of community and duty that she felt for ALL Queer and Trans folx should be leading this movement today—and although we always bring the party and revelry to whatever we do—we can’t just be here for entertainment. We must be here to fight for each other. We must be here for our collective freedom.Read more
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It seems so long ago that we took on our fight to make sure Sheriff Scott Jones did not make it to Congress. Back in 2016 we blasted this man for all the dirt that took place under his leadership from 2010 and through his re-election in 2014. (and still ongoing). When we say dirt , I mean we are talking about Black people being arrested at 3.5 times the rate of white people and costing taxpayers millions, yeah …you heard that right…MILLIONS of dollars in lawsuits for excessive force, rape, in-custody deaths and torture, and the use of military weapons used in his facility. There is a whole blog dedicated to the BS that has taken place and how he has not only failed to discipline the LEO’s responsible for these acts, but he actually rewards this violent behavior.Read more
“They attack the victim, and then the criminal who attacked the victim accuses the victim of attacking him. This is American justice. This is American democracy and those of you who are familiar with it know that in America democracy is hypocrisy.”
WE DON’T WANT YOU!
NOT ANY OTHER DAY THAT REQUIRES JUSTICE AND HUMANITY—BECAUSE YOU HAVE SHOWN US NONE!
THE ONLY THING WE WILL NOW SHOW YOU IS THE DOOR OUT OF OUR HOUSE!
We don’t want you stealing our Black family members and friends for disproportionate lengths of time. We don’t want you taking bribes from law enforcement to overlook their violence, criminality, rape, and murder. We don’t want you supporting state initiatives and local measures that condone police terror in Black and Brown communities and fund mass incarceration. We don’t want you at all. What you call conservatism, we call white supremacy and anti-Blackness. Your white hood is showing Schubert, and the whole world is watching you try to shove it back under that yellow mop.Read more
A lot of people have criticized the Black Lives Matter Sacramento chapter for its latest strategy toward healing and Black liberation. Particularly, Black people. Among the critiques have been charges of the chapter’s supposed focus on “the wrong things.” But when you say that BLM is focused on the wrong things, how would you know what the right things are if you don’t understand what liberation truly looks like? Several people have their own ideas about what BLM’s goals SHOULD be. They seem to be stuck in their own heads, wanting us to protest without strategy, or march without organization and without knowledge of the system that oppresses us. Remember, BLM members are human beings, with families, students, teachers, and connections to people from several walks of life, several ethnicities, and several social classes. We have family members who are impoverished, imprisoned, or deceased, family without access to mental health resources and/or treatment. All of these are the effects of oppression. And we still listen when you have critiques. But we also know that many of the critiques come from people who are socialized by the same white supremacist system that we are trying to dismantle.Read more
We have been focusing a lot on city government and officials since Sacramento Police killed Stephon Clark in March. But we cannot and do not forget the inexcusable deaths of Mikel McIntyre and Ryan Ellis by Sacramento County Sheriff Department just one year ago. Scott Jones: You are still on our list too! As you are running for the reelection of Sacramento County Sheriff, we still mourn the loss two Black men--Ryan Ellis and Mikel McIntyre--that your department killed one year ago. We are still demanding answers and details that you refuse to give! We are still demanding that you tell the truth about the events that led up to the killing of both men, who your department killed just three days apart. We have not forgotten our demands and who we are fighting for!
A man was lynched today. These words resonated deep with me after Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012, and since then those words are still relevant even here in Sacramento. Did those words surprise you when you just read them? Did the word “lynch” seem like an ancient term, no longer relevant to our era? I’m sure your answer is no. Black death has become such a regular concept that no one even blinks an eye when a life is taken. Even here, in Sacramento, when cops pull a trigger and call a Black man a thug, it’s accepted as truth without question. That’s not how it is for Black folks though. Each time a family is robbed of a life, we take it personal. When a beautiful Black life is taken by law enforcement or so called “justice system,” it resonates deeply because it could have been us, our siblings, our nephews, our children, or our parents. This shit is always personal, and in our city it has been going on for far too long without being checked.Read more
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Sacramento Police are Being Dishonest About Their Violence Toward Peaceful Protesters
April 13, 2018