Black Lives Matters at School Week
Black Lives Matter (BLM) was created in 2013 by three Black female activists, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The murder of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal was their motivation to form BLM.
We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. (BlackLivesMatter.com)
CLI believes that taking the time and energy to teach about this movement is an opportunity to have authentic dialogue with children about very important topics such as justice, activism, reconciliation, and Black Joy. If people understand the lasting impacts of slavery and the continued use of systemic racist policy to preserve white supremacy, the work of Black Lives Matter and similar organizations will perhaps be better understood and appreciated.
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BLM at School Week of Action
In 2016, Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action was born when educators, families and students in Seattle came to school wearing shirts recognizing and supporting the principles of BLM and “#SayHerName."
- End “zero tolerance” discipline and implement restorative justice
- Hire more black teachers
- Mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
- Fund counselors not cops
Restorative Justice, Empathy, & Loving Engagement
Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming & Collective Value
Intergenerational, Black Families & Black Villages
Black Women & Unapologetically Black
BLACK LIVES MATTER AT SCHOOL - WEEK OF ACTION, 2/1/22 to 2/5/22
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