Black Lives Matter Calls for 'Slavery Reparations'


US coalition of over 60 organizations affiliated with the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement has released a series of demands, including urging criminal justice reforms and reparations for slavery in the United States.
The movement released six demands and roughly 40 policy recommendations on Monday ahead of the second anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown's death, along with other police killings of unarmed African-American men over the past two years, fueled widespread protests and a national debate about racial discrimination in the US criminal justice system.
The aim of the Black Lives Matter is to halt the "increasingly visible violence against Black communities," the group said in a statement.
The group further said, "Neither mainstream political party has our interests at heart."
"By every metric – from the hue of its prison population to its investment choices – the US is a country that does not support, protect or preserve Black life," the statement added.
It also called for reducing American military spending and providing safe drinking water in black neighborhoods.
We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform," said Michaela Brown, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Bloc, one of the organizations affiliated with Black Lives Matter that worked on the platform.
"As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable," Brown stated.
Baltimore Bloc is among more than 60 organizations that developed the platform over the past year, including the Black Youth Project 100, the Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
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