The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led non profit organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. In 2013, three radical Black organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi created a Black centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. It was in response to the Trayvon Martin murder situation in which he was killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon martin was killed because he supposedly had a gun and Zimmerman feared for his life but it was a bag a of skittles and Zimmerman shot and killed Martin over nothing. As #BlackLivesMatter developed throughout 2013 and 2014, it utilized as a platform and organizing tool. Other groups, organizations, and individuals used it to amplify anti-Black racism across the country, in all the ways it showed up. Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Mya Hall, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland,and Mike Brown just to name a few are some of the innocent black people wrongfully killed by law enforcements in racist acts.
They are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for all black lives striving for liberation. They accomplished a lot in four short years. Ferguson helped to catalyze a movement to which we’ve all helped give life. Organizers who call this network home have ousted anti-Black politicians, won critical legislation to benefit Black lives, and changed the terms of the debate on Blackness around the world. Through movement and relationship building, they have also helped catalyze other movements and shifted culture with an eye toward the dangerous impacts of anti-Blackness.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is as powerful as it is because of its memberships, partners, supporters, staff, and you. The continued commitment to liberation for all Black people means we are continuing the work of their ancestors and fighting for their collective freedom because it is our duty. They are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location. Their goal is to support the development of new Black leaders, as well as create a network where Black people feel empowered to determine our destinies in our communities. The Black Lives Matter Global Network would not be recognized worldwide if it weren’t for the folks in St. Louis and Ferguson who put their bodies on the line day in and day out, and who continue to show up for Black lives.
Resources- Blacklivesmatter.com, Wikipedia.com, Theguardian.com
Jeffersonville High School, 2016