Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Campaign Zero

Maybe when the pushback/conflict around a "Black Lives Matter" banner gets stalemated in a UU church, or among your family, taking a good look at Campaign Zero might shake things loose.

The campaign offers policy solutions in 10 areas. It also evaluates 2016 candidates on their public positions in each area.

The planning team includes people at the heart of the Movement for Black Lives.

Policy proposals and campaigns are not the same as protesting in the street, nor is it like posting a banner on the front of a church. It is not the kind of detailed and relentless exposure of white privilege that is going on in the public square today. But it might be persuasive to those with a different learning style: those that can't quite get the bold statement that "Black Lives Matter" without some concrete steps around it.


2 comments:

Steve LaBonne said...

Ending white privilege is an essential project but a long-term one. Stopping the killing of unarmed black people by trigger-happy (or worse) cops is a pressing emergency. So to me, it's Campaign Zero that's the priority, and resistance in the form of demonstrations and banners is chiefly valuable (but definitely very valuable) at this time as a means to press for adoption of Campaign Zero's proposals.

KJR said...

I think most of these are great suggestions. I do think #1 has to be more nuanced. Police really have to get out of mental health and get some professionals to handle it, I agreee. And too often minor matters are overblown and used as excuses to harass. However, having lived in neighborhoods in which quality of life issues such as public urination, loud music, loitering, were issues I would not do away with that kind of policing all together and neither would my mostly black working class neighbors who got tired of the local white frat crowd making our nice, multi-ethnic, neighborhood unpleasant. It is a tough one, since often the small, misdemeanor, crimes are areas in which abusive policing is likely to occur, but those are also the kinds of crimes that are often the hallmark of folks who make a neighborhood dangerous and unpleasant for regular people of all races.