More than 60 organizations connected to the national Black Lives Matter movement released a list of demands Monday that included reparations for wrongs committed against African-Americans and an end to the death penalty, reports The New York Times.
The six-point platform also includes calls for legislation that would recognize the effects of slavery and investments in education, mental-health services, and jobs programs. The coalition worked on the list for more than year and representatives said groups will now move to start local campaigns aimed at implementing community programs and reforming law-enforcement agencies.
The demands were released just days before the second anniversary of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and with the presidential race heating up. "We wanted to intervene in this current political moment where there is all this amazing and inspiring work that is resisting state violence and corporate power,” said M. Adams, co-executive director of Freedom Inc., an antiviolence group in Madison, Wis.