No More Easy Targets, Black Lives Matter Backs Off From Protesting In The Streets

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is slowly turning away from protests to focusing on policy to effect change in the Trump Era, according to The Washington Post Thursday.

BLM, known for its protests against the police shootings of black men, wants to focus on changing policy to resist President Donald Trump, rather than protesting in the streets.

“What people are seeing is that there are less demonstrations,” Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, told WaPo. “A lot of that is that people are channeling their energy into organizing locally, recognizing that in Trump’s America, our communities are under direct attack.”

Various leaders in the BLM movement agree with Garza. The election of Trump jolted the group, causing them to make the change from protesting. The movement now wants to focus on gaining more voting power and getting involved in more political movements. Garza helped with the Women’s March platform and DeRay Mckesson, an activist who live tweeted the Ferguson riots, joined Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez’s transition team.

“We will have to have a variety of strategies if we are going to achieve substantive change,” Mckesson explained to WaPo. “Systems and structures change people’s behavior. Neighbors change people’s minds. In moving forward, we have to continue to be mindful to work along both lines.”

Mckesson also helped create Campaign Zero, an organization that released the “Resistance Manuel” shortly before Trump’s inauguration. The online site listed multiple Trump policies, such as healthcare and abortion, that would reportedly hurt minorities and women. The site includes ways the public can fight against Trump’s plans.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘Will this activism be sustained?’ because for many people the work is very personal and it isn’t going to stop. The question is how it will sustain and how it will continue to manifest,” Aditi Juneja, a Campaign Zero member, said to WaPo.


E. Goldstein

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