Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley began as BLM Rockland-Orange in December 2015. We changed our name to provide leadership and support for Black folks from Kingston to Westchester (Hudson Valley region). We currently have folks organizing in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester counties while participating in panels to spread the correct mission and principles of BLM.
Our focus remains: police accountability; the East Ramapo School District; the consistent contamination of the City of Newburgh water source; creating Trans-affirming dialogue with the co-founder attending Monthly Trans Roundtable meetings in Rockland, to keep the focus on Black Trans Women and the lack of outrage over their murders and this country’s failure to protect them; and a strong collaboration with #100Sistahs, feeding over 100 people weekly.
Our upcoming work includes the Dutchess County contingent working on a mural with young people (the process involves education and the importance of youth activism). We are also beginning the long-term project #BeautifulIsBlackoftheHudsonValley. This consists of projects that will highlight Blackness in the Hudson Valley. The first project is photography of lips combined with poetry that affirms and uplifts Blackness. The Dutchess County team is also building a website to include the entire BLM Hudson Valley region. Stay tuned for that.