For Immediate Release
#Black Lives Matter B-town
#Black Live Matter Bloomington Rebooting with New Core Council.
New Goals and Objectives for 2019 and Beyond.
Bloomington IN: Today, #Black Lives Matter B-town is announcing its reformation and reboot with new core council members as well as an amended structure and new goals for the 2019 calendar year. This new #BLM B-town consists of many progressive black activist leaders supported by progressive activist non-black identifying people of color and white members. The local chapter of #BLM is committed to bringing the group in line with the Guiding Principles outlined by the national #Black Lives Matter organization. To that end, they are creating new working agreements, projects, committees, and ways of looking at local issues that concern #BLM and the black, brown and progressive communities. All of this change comes out of a desire for the new group to learn from past mistakes.
“We are excited about our reboot and looking forward to engaging the community in a way we haven’t been able to do before. We have more local philanthropy in the works, 2019 Primary candidate questionnaire and reviews, more and expanded police and court oversight, education watch committees, and more community building and engagement events as well. Our commitment to confronting white supremacy, our commitment to one another, and our firm belief that black lives do, should, and always have mattered will become the ground for our new foundation to the community we wish to build."
#BLM B-town is particularly excited about their highly anticipated “Make the Right Call Campaign” that urges everyone to consider alternatives to dialing 911 and to utilize the local organizations specially geared to help with a myriad of issues facing Bloomingtonians daily.
As a reminder, #BLM B-town wants to reiterate that they do not endorse candidates for office. They want to stress that they are no longer affiliated with Mr. Vauhxx Booker, candidate for city council. Mr. Booker has organized meetings on behalf of #BLM B-town to garner support from local organizations, politicians, and prominent public figures against the express wishes of the former and current core council. #BLM B-town wishes to remain a politically independent organization, and looks forward to continuing to bring voters accurate, non-partisan information about local politics.
"From now on WE, the core council and at-large membership of #Black Lives Matter B-town, speak with one voice united in all of our endeavors, and we will continue to grow and change together, not hampered by the past, but looking forward to the Afro-future."
The newly reformed group is looking forward to welcoming new members in the spring, and in the meantime are actively seeking progressive black activists to serve on the core council. With respect to general membership, they are in particular looking for people of color to sign up, especially those whose intersectional issues can foster new collaborations and new ways to engage the Bloomington community. In the era of #metoo, #timesup, and #blm it is important that #BLM B-town ensure they are a safe place for all identities, genders and sexualities, as well as a progressive place and a black-led space.
Check out their website for more information on upcoming projects and how you can get involved. www.blm.btown-in.org, www.facebook.com/blacklivesmatterbtown or email firstname.lastname@example.org for direct contact with BLM B-town.
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