On Monday, movement groups will release a new policy platform amid criticism the movement is too focused on policing.
The Movement for Black Lives conglomerate will put forth a series of policy goals on Monday, framing the proposals as an end to the “war on black people.”
The platform, which is titled “A Vision For Black Lives: Policy Demands For Black Power, Freedom, and Justice,” outlines a series of very liberal proposals. The group will call for reparations; an end to the death penalty, mass incarceration, and deportations; and added rights for trans people under current civil rights protections in a new policy paper to be released Monday. Movement organizers also call for drastic changes to U.S. educational policy, including free tuition and retroactive forgiveness of federal student loans.
The group is made up of dozens of organizations around the country, including the Black Lives Matter network, Black Youth Project 100, Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.
In recent weeks, the movement has come under media scrutiny as a series of police deaths have posed questions about what goals activists have beyond police violence. Organizers said the policy platform offered 40 “comprehensive and visionary” policy demands beyond police killings of black people that had become the movement’s calling card.
“In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait,” a release reads.
Movement organizers said a website was on deck, featuring action items for leaders at the local, state, and federal level, including guidance for groups to act on legislation and key messages.
“We also stand with descendants of African people all over the world in an ongoing call and struggle for reparations for the historic and continuing harms of colonialism and slavery,” the statement reads. “We also recognize and honor the rights and struggle of our Indigenous family for land and self-determination.”
“We are dreamers and doers and this platform is meant to articulate some of our vision.”