Black Lives Matter, Allies Plan For The Trump Era

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Black Youth Project 100 is best known for leading the fight in Chicago to release the video recording of Laquan McDonald’s murder that resulted in the resignation of a police chief and the prosecutor. Now that Donald Trump is president-elect, the group and the rest of the Black Lives Matter movement is hunkering down trying to figure out what’s next in the age of a pro-police candidate who has demeaned certain minority groups and repeatedly praised “stop-and-frisk” as a crime-fighting policy, BuzzFeed News reports. “This is an opportunity for us to dig into deep strategic planning and building and understand the whole landscape before we can so quickly move forward,” said BYP 100 spokesperson L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith.

Activists are worried about what Trump’s presidency could mean to them. “We have work to do to protect our communities from harm at every level, to continue to push for progress and move forward from the important places we’ve come to, and continue to work to build a culture and systems that move toward equity — not hate and division,” said Brittany Packnett of Campaign Zero, who sat on President Obama’s policing task force, which put forth sweeping recommendations for police departments. “The work ahead will be just as much about the person occupying the Oval Office as the culture that got him there.” Several prominent activists are in the planning stages of a 100-day agenda. Groups working on the agenda expect the political climate to be hostile to not just black people and people of color, but also to the LGBTQ community. Leaders view the agenda as a template for how to “stand guard for what’s about to happen.” One activist called it the “blacklash.”

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