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To: Elected Climate Champions
The Climate Movement stands in solidarity with the Movement for Black LIves
We are asking you, as leaders for climate justice, to join the Movement for Black Lives call to action. The climate crisis’ significant impacts on Black communities are being realized because this country has been willing to sacrifice Black, brown and indigenous lives who bear the brunt of the impacts of dirty energy extraction, pollution, and resulting climate damages. The climate crisis is, at its core, a racial injustice crisis.
Why is this important?
All elected officials who believe in climate action are welcomed to join us and stand Arm in Arm with the Movement for Black Lives Week of Action and demands as detailed below. For a day-by-day guide on taking action, please visit the main page at https://m4bl.org/week-of-action/
Week of Action Demands:
"WE DEMAND THE RIGHTS OF PROTESTORS BE PROTECTED
We demand that no harm come to protestors. Violations of property should never be equated with the violation of human life. We demand that local and state officials ensure that there are no abuse of powers and no use of lethal force on protestors.
WE DEMAND A DIVESTMENT FROM THE POLICE AND INVESTMENT IN BLACK COMMUNITIES: WE DEMAND LOCAL SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS CUT TIES WITH THE POLICE
We call on localities and elected officials across the country to divest resources away from policing in local budgets and reallocate those resources to the healthcare, housing and education our people deserve. More officers, guns, jails and prisons are not a solution to longstanding problems of racial disparities, injustice and police violence. We demand police free schools across the country and an end to the use of police officers in public universities. All public Institutions designed to serve the people, must cut ties with the police in the interest of public safety.
WE DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR OUR COMMUNITIES
We demand the federal government provide direct cash payments, rent cancellation, mortgage cancellation, a moratorium on utility and water shutoffs and a cancellation of student, medical and other forms of debt. We demand long-term economic solutions like a Universal Basic Income, in order to address the immediate crisis and pave the way for a just recovery that doesn’t prioritize corporations and leave our communities behind. Support the families and the lives of those we have lost and those struggling to survive now.
WE DEMAND COMMUNITY CONTROL
The most impacted in our communities need to control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us — from our schools to our local budgets, economies, and police department.
WE DEMAND AN END TO THE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE
We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. We call for not just individual accountability of officers after a murder, but entire police departments. Make it clear that we are done being killed at the hands of anti Blackness and white supremacy."