Rest In Power Dazion

“Dazion, you were lost on that terrible day, scared, and in need of a helping hand to find you. Not found, you were, instead, kidnapped by law enforcement, detained in the back of a Sacramento Police Department vehicle without committing any crime, terrorized, and gas-lit into more erratic behavior. Your state of mind deteriorated as they tightened their oppressive grip on you. Did you fear for your life?

We lost you to their relentless bullets, their inexcusably poor judgement, their assumptions about the dangerousness of your Black face.

What we will never lose is the will and determination to rise up and slay the anti-Black beast that took you from us, to reclaim our losses, take back our communities, and achieve justice for those stolen from us.

Dazion, you were ripped from the arms of your loved ones, but we will find you in our cries for liberation. We will find you in the faces of those born in the equitable world, we swear to you, we will create.”

--BLM Sacramento 2016

True then and 100% true now.

Histories of resistance begin with injustice. Civil Rights were born of immense civil wrongs. Dazion’s life and death were mired in state terror and there can be no true justice—he will remain stolen throughout eternity—but his legacy, his redemption will be found in our resistance. His voice will echo in the changes we demand and struggle to create.

Rest In Power Dazion Flenaugh April 8th, 2016

Please read about Dazion’s full story here.

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The Whole Damn System is Guilty as Hell

Since its creation in 2015, BLM Sacramento (then known as Incite Insight) has been fighting for so many Black folks who have been killed and/or brutalized by law enforcement in the Sacramento area. Since April 2016, when Sac PD hunted down and killed Dazion Flenaugh, the chapter has been working ‘round the clock for transparency, accountability and community oversight, specifically within the city of Sacramento government. At city council meetings, police commission meetings, one-on-one meetings with public officials--you name it, BLM Sacramento has been front-and-center, fighting this system from all angles. In every one of these encounters, we have been hushed, silenced, turned down, turned away, or strung along. 

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Public Statement on Sacramento Sheriff Hitting a Protestor with His Vehicle

PUBLIC STATEMENT 
April 1, 2018

The events scheduled for Saturday, March 31st were not organized by BLM Sacramento. However, we stand in solidarity with this community as we champion through the pain.

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Public Statement on the Murder of Stephon Clark

“The killing of Stephon Clark by officers of the Sacramento Police Department is another glaring example of the dehumanization of black lives by law enforcement; a state bodyguard intended to protect and serve.

 

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This Work Is Sacred, Respect It

By now we know who we are and what we do, if not, no worries you will be educated by the end of this piece.  Our energy and this work are sacred, and it’s a damn shame that we have to spend any time defending our name.  Don’t get me wrong, arguing and using our time to convince others is not priority BUT if anyone thinks they can disrespect our work, drag our name, or discredit this chapter that is not something we can take lightly or allow.

 

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Justice for Sacramento: Special Edition

IT HAPPENS IN SACRAMENTO. In fact, it happens so much in Sacramento, that we typically see about one cop kill someone in our area each month. Between all the law enforcement agencies in our region (Sac PD, Sac Sheriff, Citrus Heights PD, Rocklin PD, Chico PD, Elk Grove PD, etc), BLM Sacramento has been loaded with work, fighting for justice for too many people. Our work has been handed to us by these various law enforcement agencies and the governments who support them, and there continues to be NOTHING to hold any of them accountable for these heinous acts of murder.

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We Want Change In Our Lifetime

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Black Lives Matter, this movement, our everyday fight, is for Black liberation.  Now I know, I know, we have heard these terms so many times but what the hell does it really mean?   What should it look like?  Is it being done right?  Well let’s start by defining some of these words.  First up, radical.  Radical is defined as being extreme “especially as  it regards change from accepted or traditional forms” or “favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms” (Dictionary.com). Second up, liberation.  The online dictionary defines this as “the act of gaining equal rights or full social economic opportunities for a particular group”.  I am not really a fan of this definition because when discussing Black liberation, I think it is important to note that WE DON’T WANT EQUAL RIGHTS. 

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Sacramento Pride is a Joke -- But Black Queer and Trans Liberation is NOT a Game

Pride should be an observance of Black Queer Revolution.

Radical Black and Brown Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Queer peoples gave us Pride. Literally, their willingness to fight back against state violence by any means necessary, bestowed upon us pride in who we were enough to challenge homophobia and transphobia to the present day. Their alignment with the Black Power movement and refutation of respectability politics catapulted gay liberation into revolutionary territory. To be clear, they were sex-workers, unhoused youth, hustlers, and drag queens. The Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.)  began the radical movement for liberation by feeding and sheltering unhoused youth and providing our community with dignity. Marsha P. Johnson was a fucking hero and she and Sylvia Rivera threw bricks of life into centuries of oppression. Stonewall re-birthed our communities.

Whitewashed, corporate, boring af, and cut off from it’s radical rainbow roots of color—this is Sac Pride.

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Shutting Down Anti-Blackness and Fighting for Justice

BLM Sacramento is fighting to “demolish the system that is killing us, criminalizing us, miseducating us, and oppressing us.” Anything that supports these systems will get shut down. Anything that distracts us from this fight will get called out.

Anti-black racism is thick in Sacramento. Whether it’s the SN&R running a cover story on Joseph Mann’s murderer or Solfire Yoga appropriating Black culture, anti-blackness will get SHUT DOWN. In. Its. Face.

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Unsolicited Advice is Criticism

“They shouldn’t say this.”
“They should do this like that.”
“They should be focused on this, that or the other.”
“There’s more important things that they could be working on.”
All people have opinions. However, not all opinions matter, nor do they hold the same weight,
especially to my comrades and me.
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Collectively our chapter is a dope ass group of humans from a plethora of different backgrounds fighting for the liberation of ALL BLACK PEOPLE, plus a grip of other things. Real life issues, not no superficial shit. We face an array of adversaries, from crooked law enforcement agencies and other authoritative figures that mean the majority of the public no good, to your everyday uninformed, overly opinionated, average Joe or Janna, that has done less than nothing for the movement. The folx that speak down on it and allocate unsolicited advice while typing on their smartphone sitting comfortably in the tranquility of a yoga studio.

 

As our founder would say, “Unsolicited advice is criticism.”

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