Democratic Party Adopts Resolution in Support of Black Lives Matter; But BLM Leaders Disavow Their Support

 Protesters carry signs during a demonstration in Los Angeles. (Photograph: Phil Mccarten/Reuters)
Protesters carry signs during a demonstration in Los Angeles. (Photograph: Phil Mccarten/Reuters)

Members of the Black Lives Matter movement have disavowed all political parties after the Democratic establishment adopted a resolution in support of the movement, which has interrupted the party’s frontrunners at several campaign events in recent months.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) unanimously adopted a resolution in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday afternoon during a summer meeting in Minneapolis.

The resolution, which was first reported by Buzzfeed, said: “The DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming ‘Black lives matter’ and the ‘say her name’ efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children.”

The Black Lives Matter network, which spans 26 chapters nationwide, responded by clarifying that the organization remains unaffiliated with any political party.

“We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party,” the Black Lives Matter network said in a response posted to its Facebook page on Sunday. “The Democratic Party, like the Republican and all political parties, have historically attempted to control or contain black people’s efforts to liberate ourselves. True change requires real struggle, and that struggle will be in the streets and led by the people, not by a political party.”

In the resolution, the DNC called on Congress to pass laws that seek to reform the criminal justice system, end racial profiling, demilitarize police forces and support programs that offer alternatives to jail time. The proposals are in step with those outlined last week by a coalition of civil rights protesters.

The resolution names the three women credited with founding the Black Lives Matter movement, stating: “We hear the ‘Black lives matter’ cry from the inspiration of creators Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, and from the heart of a generation of young African Americans who feel totally dismissed and unheard as they are crushed between unlawful street violence and unjust police violence.”

The BLM movement began as a hashtag on Facebook, born from the anger Cullors, Tometi and Garza felt after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder over the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The founders harnessed social media to expand the movement during the street protests and rallies that followed the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri.

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SOURCE: Lauren Gambino
The Guardian

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