Background Materials for PETRICHOR Salon Event: ENGAGING WITH THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES
April 27, 2017
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guest panelist, please click on the links below:
The Movement for Black Lives Page - Please click here to take a look at this very informative website. Make sure to check out the "downloads" page for many resources.
Articles: What can you do to help BLM?
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WP4BL signed on to oppose measure C. Here is more information. Please spread the word!
"The LAPD Police Protective League--with assistance from the City Council--has put Charter Amendment C on the May 16th LA City ballot. Charter Amendment C would give officers who the Commission/Chief has found guilty of serious misconduct and deserving of significant discipline, the option of appealing that decision to a Board of Rights comprised of 3 civilian members—instead of the current Board of Rights that is made up of 2 LAPD officers and 1 civilian.
The ACLU, Black Lives Matter, LA CAN, Community Coalition, and Dignity and Power Now all oppose this measure.
While many of us are generally in support of civilian oversight, this measure is not that. The pool of civilians eligible to make up this “all-civilian” Board of Rights panel includes only individuals with significant experience with mediation and arbitration and excludes the vast majority of Angelenos—especially those from communities who are most impacted by policing. The members of this civilian pool have been found to be even more lenient than the already-lenient LAPD-affiliated members in deciding officers’ punishment. The measure does not include any means to alter the criteria or make-up of the civilian pool, and even if we were to eventually get such changes adopted, the measure gives officers the option to choose to appeal instead to the traditionally-constituted panel comprised of 2 sworn LAPD officers and 1 civilian, if they prefer."
Is The U.S. Criminal Justice System Biased?
Featured: TEDWomen 2016
Patrisse Cullors – This Shit Works
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.
In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
The racial state and resistance in Ferguson and beyond by Kate Driscoll Derickson
The Black Bottom Line: Reflections on Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, and White Male Violence in America by Houston A. Baker Jr.
Black Lives Matter and Bridge Building: Labor Education for a “New Jim Crow” Era by Eric D. Larson
The Class Politics of Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby
The Black Panther Party Documentary