Black Lives Still Matter

Last night was difficult for a variety of reasons.  Chief among them is the realization that our pursuit of racial equality and police demilitarization will be even more challenging as a result. Many individuals have immediately chosen to blame the organizers and activists of the peaceful protests, here in Texas, and across the nation. The Green Party does not support violent methods of political expression, but we need to remember that the blame falls entirely on our corrupt and racist system and its institutions that terrify, brutalize, and murder people of color, as the recent incidents in Baton Rouge (#AltonSterling) and St. Paul (#PhilandoCastile) illustrate.

The truth is that violence begets violence; centuries of racist tyranny, a lack of police accountability, and the sharp rise of white nationalism begat the violence last night.

If you are horrified by the #Dallas shootings, then come and stand together with the brave members of Black Lives Matter and help end racial oppression. Now, more than ever, we need to work together. Already death threats are being sent out in order to intimidate the friends and families of innocents labelled suspects by the media, community activists, and people of color in general.

We need to make clear that we will not tolerate the demonization and disrespect of communities peacefully protesting for safety from the violence of the State. We need to hold firm to the fundamental and overriding truth, that black lives really do matter to us.

The Green Party of Texas stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other like-minded organizers, and we will will continue the fight for racial equality and police demilitarization, in the streets and at the voting booth.

Below is more information on our views regarding police-based oppression from our State Platform (http://www.txgreens.org/platform). If you want to see such policies, we invite you to join us in getting Greens elected as it is painfully obvious the establishment parties will do nothing to implement them.  

 

GPTX Platform:

We recognize the disproportionate legal abuses faced by minority populations, especially by low income, people of color, queers, transpeople, and cisfemales. We support a balancing of police forces to reflect the makeup of communities being policed and generally the self-policing by communities rather than by law-enforcement.

  1. In order to prevent further police brutality, we support the use of full body cameras that cannot be disabled by officers, demilitarization, and gradual across the board disarmament of the police. All video recordings should be stored indefinitely and available to the public online, without charge, except in cases to protect the victim’s identity and dignity.

  2. Every law-enforcement department should be required to keep and report data to the public regarding police violence statistics.

  3. We advocate a shift in funding from policing and prisons on the local, state, and federal levels to minority communities for job creation and educational opportunities.

  4. Along with the Black Lives Matter movement and other movements and organizations, we demand justice for all people murdered by the police.

  5. We advocate the dismissal of and criminal investigation into all officials that allowed police brutality to continue without acknowledgement or justice.

  6. We advocate the establishment and full funding of independent civilian review boards, with subpoena power, at municipal and county levels, to oversee the investigation and subsequent prosecution of law enforcement officers accused of misconduct or brutality.

  7. We strongly urge jurisdictions to provide independent prosecution and to require instructions and incentives for prosecuting agencies to pursue indictments against law enforcement officers in cases of alleged misconduct or brutality, rather than withholding evidence from grand juries, as well as comprehensive reform of the grand jury system to prevent no-bills of officers when evidence is clearly sufficient to proceed to trial.

 

- The Green Party of Texas

 


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  • commented 2016-09-22 17:00:14 -0500
    Black lives matter is i domestic terrorist organization
  • commented 2016-08-08 16:40:59 -0500
    Chris,
    I completely understand and empathize where you are coming from. Black Lives Matter finally released a “mission statement” if you will with the promotion for Black power being one of the first things they mention.
    Can you imagine if a group tried to promote white power?!
    They would be called racist and ridiculed.
    This is the Achilles’ Heel of the Green Party where it stands now. They are unwavering supporters of such a racist organization!
    Case in point – when they had the BLM March at the People’s Convention in philly they actually segregated the March, having all white people and white journalist march in the back. Can I , a white woman, in good faith vote for a party that seems to be so anti-white? I love Dr. Jill’s Stein and agree with her on many many issues. I am also a Bernie or Bust er. But, I do not feel as if I fit into the dynamic of the Green party as I am not anti-police, anti-Caucasian, so I have a hard choice to make to either vote libertarian or green this year. Just know Chris that there are plenty of other people with the same concerns and thoughts you have.
  • commented 2016-08-06 12:20:30 -0500
    That’s the ONE thing that makes me hesitant to vote for Jill Stein! She seems to villify and alienate her white supporters!! Just don’t get that as she would make a great president! Just please stop with the anti-Caucasian rhetoric
  • commented 2016-08-06 12:16:13 -0500
    You people are aware that Alton Sterling was an ARMED FELON who had multiple warrants out, one being for failure to register as a sex offender.
    The cops were called because he was threatening people with his gun. He completely failed to comply with police instructions and yes, you can discharge a weapon with it being in your pocket.
    So you might want to think about a different “marty” for your cause.
  • commented 2016-07-24 15:39:07 -0500
    Oh please, quit playing the race card… maybe you should educate yourself on how blacks constitute only 13% of the population but cause the majority of the crime comminted in the US. Google Image search “business man” the Google “thug”… do you see the difference?
  • commented 2016-07-24 15:34:04 -0500
    Chris, you are speaking of human prejudice, not the systemic racism that is at the heart of the institutions of our Country. In our country the color of your skin does determine how institutions of power treat you. While you may have experienced poverty, how a person of color experiences it is different.

    White people have been educated to perpetuate the institutional racism unwittingly and continue to do so by ignoring the facts of institutional discrimination.

    When the institutional racists control the music industry, yes you will see what you describe. it is part of their external oppression.

    i would strongly urge you to do some self-education about the questions you ask. read some Tim Wise to start. Read up on undoing racism.
  • commented 2016-07-21 01:56:47 -0500
    To whom this may concern,

    Here are a few questions that I have:

    1. So why are black Americans so disgruntled with whites when most whites were against slavery?
    2. If people cared so much about the immoral concept of slavery, why do they ignore modern-day slavery that still goes on throughout Africa. (There are many documentaries on YouTube about this)
    3. Why don’t black Americans acknowledge that slavery originated and was perpetrated by Africans (in other words, why are whites the only ones being reprimanded for this short time frame of existence)?
    4. Why can’t black Americans acknowledge that society may discriminate against a race due to the overwhelming majority of a group’s actions/behavior? By this I’m referring to the deteriorating effect that rap, hip-hop has on citizens. The conflict here is that a lot of rap/hip-hop does have a good beat/rhythm but is plagued with derogatory lyrical content that causes an unfortunate desire to live a life of crime. Don’t believe me? Google image search “thug,” now Google image search “business man.” Do you see my point, or shall we just wrongly categorize that as another form of discrimination?
    5. Do blacks truly want equality? If so, how can we be equal when we have things like Black Entertainment Television (BET), or all-black scholarships, or an awards ceremony title “Black Girls Rock” hosted by the FLOTUS? Can you image if it was the other way around?

    I’ve worked in Africa for the past 7 years (mainly throughout Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea) and have seen the harsh economic living conditions that even the poorest America citizen has never experienced. Furthermore, I have developed strong, personal relationships with many Africans who are now my close friends. With that said, I see problems in American society that people ignore and simply label me as a racist. The best way I can describe it is the first step to intervention… which is to acknowledge the problem. As an example, my brother has received four DUIs in the past few years, yet still drinks and drives. Why? Because each time he has been arrested he points the blame at someone else, so the problem is never addressed.

    So why am I contacting you? Because I need a voice. Nobody wants to listen to a white man speak about discrimination, although many white men lost their lives abolishing something that Africans initiated. I didn’t grow up rich, but I have to constantly hear about “white privilege.” Yes, there are some white spoiled brats in every economy… just as though there are spoiled brats in every race/nation. The fact remains that I shopped at thrift stores growing up, and was raised by a single mother; I shared a bedroom with my mother and brother at my grandmother’s house. Soon I began hanging around a bad group of “friends” and spent a lot of time in/out of juvenile hall, including one occasion where I received 30 days in jail for a DUI (first offense). Finally I decided to leave home at 17 years old to join the military b/c I had no other viable options to pursue if I wanted to accomplish the goals I had established for myself. Oh, and I was so privileged that I started out as an E-1… how’s that for being privileged?

    I’m interested in hearing your response, since you seem to offer an impartial standpoint on the issues I’ve brought up. On a final note, I’d like to point out that I have nothing to gain by writing you… all I’d like to do is identify some areas which are causing a prejudice in society, and hope that you can help spread my message through whatever platforms you may have at your disposal (i.e. social media, institutional means, etc).