Washington, DC — Today, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation responded to the Biden administration’s announcement of action plans to advance equity and racial justice across the federal government:
“Biden’s action plan is a major win for the organizations like BLMGNF who have been working with the White House to help develop it since the end of 2020. The solutions in the plan are the result of tireless advocacy and organizing from the grassroots level and beyond, and we are heartened to see the result of so many racial justice advocates’ hard work be written into federal policy today.
“However, one of the greatest systemic factors affecting the livelihood of Black communities is the continued over-policing, brutalization, and incarceration of our people. Violence by police tears our families apart; leaves emotional, logistical, and financial gaps in our communities; and steals the lives of so many of our loved ones before they get the chance to achieve their dreams.
“We need the next phase of the action plan to explicitly address how federal agencies will update their policies to hold officers and departments at the local, state, and federal level accountable for the way they engage with Black people.”
About Black Lives Matter Global Network
Founded in 2013 in the wake of the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, whose mission is to build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. We support the lives of the Black youth, families, queer and transgender communities, the disabled, the undocumented, those with records, women, men, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. From pop culture to design to fine arts, artists inspired by #BlackLivesMatter understand that creativity transforms politics, transforms our individual relationships, and transforms the world.