Select activists from the widespread #BlackLivesMatter movement, which started out as a hashtag to bring attention to the unlawful killings of unarmed African American men and women, has introduced a detailed plan for policy reform. On Friday (Aug. 21), a group of #BlackLivesMatter activists launched Campaign Zero to layout a precise plan on police reform.
And this could be the game changer we’ve all been hoping for.
The #BlackLivesMatter protests have proved to be passionate and powerful since the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2011. The hashtag inevitably leaped off of social media and on to the front lines of places where racial injustices needed to end. In the Civil Rights movement 2.0, the phrase has served as a rallying cry.
Still, many who supported the movement realized a plan needed to be put in action to actually get results, as more lives were taken after Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and countless others.
Now, we may have the answer. To give you an understanding of what CampaignZero actually is and why you should support, we created a list of a few main points:
- The website offers clear plans and solutions for police reform. The tagline, “We can live in a world where the police don’t kill people,” is the basis of what the plan hopes to accomplish with the use of body cams, not-for-profit policing, demilitarization and community representatives within police groups.
- The site is one of the results from a closed-door meeting with 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
- In the meeting, she asked activists to assist her in coming up with a plan that can actually help.
- “That’s what I’m trying to put together in a way that I can explain it, and I can sell it — because in politics, if you can’t explain it and you can’t sell it, it stays on the shelf.” -Clinton
- CampaignZero ‘Candidate Tracking Document’ will help you decide who to vote for.
- The site states, “The next president needs to tell the truth about police violence and urgently enact a comprehensive plan to address it.”
- The creators are holding candidates to their word with daily updates of where each presidential hopeful stands on police brutality and the plans they have proposed.
- Voices and proposals from the community will be considered on a daily basis through submission on the site. It offers a place for each person affected to contribute to change.
You should sign up on the website to learn more about the campaign. In times like these, plans and action matters just as much as protests do.
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