Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.


The Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition was officially started in August 2015 by young black organizers from Community Voices Heard, Citizen Action, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, and nearby schools.

In September 2016 the Black Lives Matter – Rockland and Orange county chapter, an all black organization that has been sanctioned by the official Black Lives Matter Network, expanded to the entire Hudson Valley. This expanded chapter, now called Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley Chapter, will be joining the Hudson Valley BLM Coalition as the group that is leading it.


To carry out a collective response when there are national calls to action or local incidents related to the Movement for Black Lives occur by creating the infrastructure to coordinate resources.