1/19/15 Statement from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis about direct action

Published on Jan 19, 2015

Silent Die-IN at Governor Dayton’s MLK Event . . .#SilentNoMore

Minneapolis, MN- “Today we performed a direct action at the State of Minnesota Governor’s Council on MLK Day Celebration in a silent protest to demand the leadership of the state take immediate action to institute meaningful, systemic policy solutions to address the worst racial disparities in the country. These racial disparities exist in every indicator of standards of living in our state including housing, employment, education, health, and policing. Every year Governor Dayton speaks on the legacy of Dr. King, yet has refused to comment on the racial inequities that continue to tear communities of color apart. His silence will leave a black mark on his legacy and only serves to trivialize the legacy of Dr. King. We take action today with these words from Dr. King echoing in our hearts: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was ‘well timed’ in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never’. We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.” – MLK Letter From Birmingham Jail Today, we reclaim his legacy to fight for justice and equity for Black lives in our state and the country we call home. The message, “Black lives matter”, is important and needs to be expressed now more than ever. Every 28 hours police or vigilantes kill a black person in the United States and it is unacceptable.”

Click here to see the list of demands that Black Lives Matter puts forth to empower and protect our communities.

 

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