The air is charged with electricity and we’ve lit a match that we can never blow out. Seriously, right now, close your eyes and feel the chaos. Are you shaking? If you lead by the strength of your heart and are moved by compassion for life and beauty, you should be. People are dying on our doorsteps from hyper-militarized state violence, mothers are being stolen from their families and deported to lands that no longer remember them, vulnerable children are locked in cages indefinitely because they are deemed illegal—and those are just my last three Facebook posts… Can you feel oblivion arising?
Everyone alive today along with everyone we can remember has been born into a vacuum of justice. We can only imagine what freedom or liberation might look like, and even then, our minds colonized by white supremacy struggle to fathom how we can possibly get there. Black peoples, Brown peoples, poor peoples, disabled peoples, trans and non-binary peoples, queer peoples, and especially folks who live in the intersections of those identities, are being called to link together and construct new ways of interrelating—not with the master’s tools—but with love and connectivity. Because modern institutions of violence have always worked against the marginalized, they are in the best position to dismantle. For oppressed peoples, oblivion has always been.
As we watch the horrors of this new administration and see the rise of a Stormtrooper state, we shall still our shaking with the knowledge that folks have been resisting subjugation for thousands of years and we will only get better at it. The Black Lives Matter Movement, intentional in affirming the lives of ALL Black people through roots in intersectionality, is developing not only new ways of interrelation, but also collective social systems based in equity, not cruelty. Resisting terror necessitates the shelter of communities that love and support each other. As we tear white supremacy to pieces we will rebuild with transformative love.
Let the match burn then. Even as we fear oblivion, we will march from margins to center, out of the dark vacuum—and Black peoples, oppressed peoples, will be the quantum spark that cracks the light of the new world.
Upcoming Event: POLICE MILITARIZATION TRAINING COMING TO SACRAMENTO!
TIME FOR SAC TO SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT!
IF YOU ARE IN A CITY NEARBY...IT'S TIME FOR A ROADTRIP!
WHEN: Feb 21st - 22nd
TIME: 7am - 5:30pm each day
event source link: https://secure.calibrepress.com/event-registration/?ee=882
"Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot Philando Castile in his car in Minnesota took a training course called “The Bulletproof Warrior,” now renamed as the “Street Survival Seminar.”
The evidence suggests that this course, and courses similar to it, offered by a private company called Calibre Press, are even worse than Urban Shield – the organized para-military and terror response training put on for police by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department – if that’s imaginable.
The New York Times quotes Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum, as saying that courses like those offered by Calibre “reinforce the thinking that everyone is out to get the police… if you hesitate, you could lose your life.”
Michael Becar, the leader of an international police training association says “seminars like those offered by Calibre and other firms foster a sense of paranoia among officers.”
…and it’s coming to Sacramento on February 20, 2017, hosted by the California Highway Patrol.
You can listen to a sampler from the course here.
Recent Event: Shut It Down for Joseph Mann!
On February 1st, 2017, Black Lives Matter Sacramento together with the family of Joseph Mann shut down downtown Sacramento for several hours after D.A. Schubert cleared the killer cops who murdered him.
District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert!!! We don't want you!!
Over. And Over. And Over…
She is letting these killer cops free.
Sac PD Officers that hunted down, tried to hit with their vehicles, name called, cussed out, and then shot until his body was no longer intact...were CLEARED OF ALL WRONG DOING by our District Attorney.
Same DA that cleared officers that murdered Dazion Flenaugh.
Same DA that cleared deputies that murdered Adriene Ludd.
Same DA that clears officers that have multiple deaths and abuses attached to their files.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento put D.A. Schubert on notice. We will remain ungovernable until Joseph Mann and all people killed by state violence find justice in the abolition of her career and the racist systems of oppression that created it.
Recent Event: Justice Night Walk
On February 4th 2017, BLM Sacramento held a vigil night-walk through the Valley-Hi neighborhood to uplift the many names of people stolen by local law enforcement, and create a space where we center those that still haven't received justice and no longer have a voice to fight.
...and many others
For years Sacramento law enforcement has been killing people on a regular basis. in 2016, Sacramento "peace" officers took 12 lives. That is one person a month.
It is up to us to #SayTheirNames
Recent and Upcoming Events: Community Alternatives to Police
When: March 11th, 2017 6-8pm
Where: Colonial Heights Library
BLM Sacramento has been holding monthly meetings to create local collectives that will serve and protect the communities they live in.
We are over-policed.
We are not treated with dignity and respect by our public servants.
They come into our neighborhoods and we no longer have safe spaces.
We are criminalized when we are breaking no laws.
We hear a lot of ideas on how to prevent police violence on Black folks.
We talk a lot about restorative justice, community oversight, police commissions, reform....
But what does it look like when we take it upon ourselves to protect our communities from the police, while maintaining actual peace in our communities?
What does it look like when we take it upon ourselves to de-escalate situations the right way. While keeping dignity and respect for our fellow community members?
What does it look like when we care for, instead of criminalize, those without homes or those with mental challenges?
How do you envision it to work?
Let's talk about it as a community.
From there we can build a structure that helps to end state violence on Black folks.
Let's take our communities back!