Black Lives Matter Groups Seek Reparations, Other Reforms

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More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement released a series of demands, including for reparations, the New York Times reports. The list of six demands is aimed at furthering their goals as the presidential campaign heads into the homestretch. It comes shortly before the second anniversary of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, which set off months of protests and led to a national conversation about police killings of blacks. The groups are demanding reparations for what they say are past and continuing harms to African Americans, an end to the death penalty, legislation to acknowledge the effects of slavery, and investments in education initiatives, mental health services and jobs programs.

“We wanted to intervene in this current political moment where there is all this amazing and inspiring work that is resisting state violence and corporate power,” said M. Adams of Freedom Inc., a nonprofit based in Madison, Wi., that focuses on violence within and against low-income communities of color. The coalition will not endorse a presidential candidate. Marbre Stahly-Butts of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, which worked on the demands, said: “On both sides of aisle, the candidates have really failed to address the demands and the concerns of our people. So this was less about this specific political moment and this election, and more about how do we actually start to plant and cultivate the seeds of transformation of this country that go beyond individual candidates.”

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