Our Demands in Lansing
1. DEFUND POLICE
We demand the police be defunded because they have never protected Black people. There is huge difference between policing and public safety.
2. INVEST IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
We demand reinvestment in what our communities actually need -- safety infrastructures created with the community, quality health and wellness, educational opportunities, great jobs that support families, and good, affordable housing.
3. RESIGN ANDY SCHOR
Andy Schor has failed to defend Black lives and keep the Black community safe. He has made empty promises to make changes that would uphold racial equity and has initiated a war on Black people with LPD spray tear gas into peaceful protesters.
4. RESIGN DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump has normalized dangerously divisive and racist leadership. Trump has abandoned the basic duties of the executive office during a pandemic. We have lost our jobs and livelihoods. Over 100,000 people in this country have died needlessly.
In Defense of Black Lives Call to Action (June 3)
We extend deep gratitude to Debbie Edokpolo for her long-term commitment to racially equitable health and leadership in the Ingham County Health Department. Thank you Debbie, Linda Vail, Adenike Shoyinka, and Commissioner Derrell Slaughter for your public support of declaring racism a public health emergency in Ingham County and for championing the resolution.
The cries from our community have been for accountability, and that’s what we called for with our community in the room. Thank you for your questions, for speaking your truths, for bearing witness and for your energy to continue.
This is the community’s movement. Our next step as a community is to come together in a People’s Assembly to set our agenda. Let us know you’re interested by clicking the button below.
BLACK LIVES MATTER LANSING
Since 2013, we have successfully centered the issues of Black folks in Metro Lansing in the hearts and minds of neighbors, elected officials, and institutional leaders. BLM Lansing has oriented over 900 people to the BLM framework not just in Lansing, but also across the state through our workshops at the National Association of Social Work Michigan Legislative Education and Advocacy Day. BLM Lansing co-launched a political education campaign, Election 20XX, to inspire leadership in young Black people under age 30 “from the Block Club to the White House.” #BLMLansing