Black Lives Matter DC is a radical collective of Black artists, infrastructure builders, and movement healers and strategists from the future, organizing in the here and now around two movement equations. These equations inform how we live as our highest selves while dismantling White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Capitalism, Imperialism, and the role the state plays in supporting them.
The first is: Organized Resistance + Continual Healing + Consistent Spaces for Centering Black Joy = Liberation. This means we believe that we can be liberated right now through centering healing and joy in our daily lives. We also believe there are obstacles like state-sanctioned violence that limit our ability to live as the liberated people we are capable of being, and thus, organized resistance is necessary.
The other side of this equation is one we have borrowed from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship that helps us frame the way we integrate healing with organized resistance. It is a similar equation of Building + Blocking + Being. Our organized resistance BUILDS campaigns to dismantle systems of oppression while BUILDING liberated spaces. Our healing spaces BLOCK oppressive beliefs and racial trauma while BUILDING resilience. Our centering of Black Joy reminds of why we fight and lets us BE resilient and free together, thereby making us stronger BUILDERS.
BLM programs that BUILD include: M4BL DC Steering Committee, Black Organizer Dinners, Emotional Emancipation Circles, #KeepDC4ME, Black Joy Sunday, and Re-Envisioning Masculinity Workshops.
BLM programs that BLOCK include: Direct Actions (occupations, highway shutdowns, disruptions, blockades etc.), Nonprofit Accountability Campaigns, and Weeks of Action.
BLM programs that sustain and elevate our BE include: Emotional Emancipation Circles, Men of Color Consciousness Building Groups, Black JoySunday, Black Organizer Dinners, Visioning Sessions, and Well-Examined Life Analysis Building.
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