If there’s one thing we know is true, it’s that we keep us safe — not the police, not the authorities.
Now, as we face down white supremacist attacks in D.C. and all across the country, it is more important than ever that we look out for and take care of each other.
Black Lives Matter is committed to community-driven solutions and a reimagined view of public safety. We hold fast to the organizing principle of non-violent direct action. While Black Lives Matter is not hosting or participating in any counter-protests against white supremacists, we also believe in the fundamental right to self defense.
We encourage you not to engage with these white supremacists who are planning violent attacks in Washington, D.C. and state capitals all over the nation from Saturday, January 16th through inauguration day on the 20th. We also want our folks to be ready, to have a safety plan, and to “love and protect one another” in real ways.
To discuss all of this and more, we’re hosting a national We Keep Us Safe community call on Friday, January 15th at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.
On the call, you will hear from Black Lives Matter leaders and movement elders including:
- Patrisse Cullors — Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
- Ericka Huggins — Former Black Panther Party Leader
- Dr. Akinyele Umoja — Professor and Movement Elder (MXGM)
- Melina Abdullah — Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles
- Angela Austin — Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter – Michigan
- And more…
We will discuss how WE keep us safe, where we go from here, and our community’s demands and plans to end white supremacy once and for all.
Our movement elders and leaders have seen white supremacist violence throughout our nation’s history and responded with community-driven solutions which have moved our communities closer to freedom.
Together, we can protect Black communities and build a democracy that serves all of us, not a select few.
We hope to see you on Friday.