OLOC stands with the movement called Black Lives Matter as it moves forward in the challenging work of creating change in the criminal justice system. In the words of one of the three (queer/Lesbian) founders, Alicia Garza, “Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise;” Black Lives Matter is “an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” The term Black Lives Matter started as #BlackLivesMatter in reaction to the killing of Trayvon Martin. It grew into a movement and the name is part and parcel of that specific and particular movement.
Because OLOC works against the erasure and oppression of women, we also stand with a second movement, #SayHerName. The #SayHerName movement arose as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement and the mainstream media’s tendency to sideline the experiences of Black women in the context of police brutality and anti-Black violence.
For more information on both of these movements, check on them through your search engines. OLOC members involved in the Black Lives Matter and the Say Her Name movements are invited to send us stories of what you have been doing.