via carriemartha (Twitter):
If you are able to cover your own travel costs that is awesome, but we are fundraising and it is not necessary to contribute financially if you are not able.
WHO: Black People with Coding & Tech Skills
WHAT: Black Life Matters Ride to Ferguson, MO
Link to National fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/620873174696015/
Link to Bay Area fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/536359979842948/
CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL COORDINATOR (info below) about rides leaving from your area!
Local Organizers and community members in Ferguson, MO have asked for black people with specific skills to travel to Ferguson and offer support to local efforts.
Specific Skills Needed:
Medics (Doctors, Nurses, EMT)
Photographers & Videographers (not press affiliated )
Organizers with experience working with youth, especially those with experience in Street Theater & Civil Disobedience
Tech folks ( Data, Coders, CRM, Graphic Designers)
The “Black Life Matters Ride” is a call to action, a slogan under which Black people can unite to end state sanctioned violence both in Ferguson, but also across the United States of America. In addition, it aims to end the insidious and widespread assault on Black life that pervades every stage of law enforcement interactions; be it in custody or in our communities.
While Black people make up a mere 13% of the US population we make up more than a third of those killed in officer involved shootings across the country. We know that anti-black racism in the form of vigilante violence is most often informed by law enforcement violence. As a national call to action, the “Black Life Matters Ride” is unifying Black people under the following demands:
1. Justice for the family of Michael Brown and all other victims of law enforcement and vigilante violence.2. The development of a national policy specifically aimed at redressing the systemic pattern of anti-black law enforcement violence in the US.3. De-militarization of Law Enforcement - we are demanding that the federal government discontinue its supply of military weaponry and equipment to local law enforcement. Furthermore, law enforcement agencies across the country should liquidate their current military resources, immediately.4. Release the names of all officers involved in murdering Black people both on patrol, but also inside custody from the last 5 years onward.5. Decrease law enforcement spending/budget by ½ by 2016, and invest that money into Black communities most devastated by poverty in order to create jobs, housing, and schools.
-We will arrive in Ferguson on Saturday, August 30th, 2014, and we will leave on Monday, September 1st. While there we will fulfill the following agenda:
•Thursday- Friday: Riders travel from destinations to Ferguson.
NATIONAL WEEKEND of ACTION!
• Saturday: Solidarity march and/or local community engagement efforts coordinated with local community members.
•: Sunday: Establish next steps and key action items in the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Riders return to destinations- equipped to continue the fight inside of their local networks.
We hope these rides will become a standard practice towards greater solidarity inside of the Black community!
National Contact Information:
Black Lives Matter
East Coast Coordinator Darnell L. Moore (862) 234-9074
West Coast Coordinator Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac (213) 375-4518