The Vision For Black Lives: How M4BL’s Policy Platform Is Moving Us Toward The World We Deserve

M4BL Unveils a New Vision

The election is (finally) over, but it’s clear the work required to end systemic oppression is not. While the incoming administration will no doubt mitigate some of the harm Black communities experienced over the last four years, those working in service of Black liberation will continue building power, holding officials accountable and moving us closer to a safe and just world. One of the most comprehensive descriptions of that better world is outlined in the Vision for Black Lives, the Movement for Black Lives’ (M4BL) policy agenda.

The Vision, first drafted in 2015, is a response to the increasing rates of state-sanctioned violence and criminalization of Black people in the U.S. and abroad. This proactive document is both a mandate and a road map for the community organizing and policy work happening around the nation. It encapsulates the necessary work that will allow all Black people the freedom to live in full dignity, have access to abundant resources and feel safe inside communities absent of violent and racist policing.

Created by a collective of 50 organizations within the 150-organization M4BL ecosystem, the platform features six core pillars:

  • Ending the War on Black People

  • Reparations

  • Invest-Divest

  • Economic Justice

  • Community Control

  • Political Power


Read this story in full at Blavity | December 2020