WHAT IS THIS PLATFORM?

The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL) Policy Table created and convened a United Front of 50 organizations engaged in Black liberation struggles and what is often known as the Black Lives Matter movement. A year of collective effort and deep engagement resulted in this platform.

From the M4BL: “Our hope is that this is both an articulation of our collective aspirations as well as a document that provides tangible resources for groups and individuals doing the work. We recognize that some of the demands in this document will not happen today. But we also recognize that they are necessary for our liberation.”

For more information about policies that are relevant to your work, check out the full platform online at https://policy.m4bl.org/

HOW DOES THIS IMPACT THE HUDSON VALLEY?

The national platform provides a framework for working with, and being held accountable to, the nationwide movement. Each policy has statewide and local targets that can inform the work of our various local groups – from campaigns around police and prisons, to an economic justice agenda and campaign finance reform – all in a way that puts Black liberation, and in particular Black queer and trans folks, and Black women, at the center. The platform itself, its politics and vision, and its values offer real leadership in building a movement here in the Hudson Valley.

BLACK LIVES MATTER PLATFORM FOR THE HUDSON VALLEY

Our platform was created on May 6th at Black Lives Matter Teach-in in Poughkeepsie, NY. Read more about it below. 

LOCAL VALUES

  • The fight for black lives is central to the liberation of all people
  • All black lives are valuable and should be affirmed.
  • Black voices and struggles should be lifted in all campaigns as anti-blackness spans all institutions
  • Supporting mass movements is key to winning freedom
  • To be able to fully address the struggles black people face, response work must support the building of long term black power through supporting the ongoing grassroots organizing of its members

NATIONAL VISION

  • Divest from Racist Systems and Invest in Black Communities
  • Build Alternative Institutions
  • Community Control
  • End the War on Black People
  • Reparations
  • Economic Justice
  • Political Power

LOCAL VISION

  • Housing: Community controlled, sustainable utilities run by and for people in the community, with leadership reflecting the demographics (more black people and other POC), and not for profit.
  • Schools: Schools that have more funding, that teach and celebrate black history, that build a positive self-image for black youth, and end racist school codes and criminalization.
  • Incarceration: A community without an expanded jail or mass incarceration.
  • Food/Land: Alternatives to incarceration by supporting farming on prison lands. An abolished prison industry. Economic freedom of black people through sustainable farming.
  • Political Power: A black voting block that can hold politicians accountable to forwarding a black agenda
  • Coalition: Intercommunity infrastructure strong enough to respond on a large scale.