The Movement for Black Lives is underway. A collective of over 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country, have come together to form this initiative to make change for the black community.

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The demands of this Black Lives Matter initiative are as follows:

1) End The War On Black People

2) Reparations

3) Invest-Divest [Investing in education, health and safety rather than criminalizing, caging]

4) Economic Justice

5) Community Control

6) Political Power

BLM also created a list of “key solutions” including more than 40 policy recommendations such as demilitarizing law enforcement, unionizing unregulated industries, and decriminalizing drugs.

Thenjiwe McHarris, a member of M4BL Policy Table Leadership team, told Fusion:

“The heart of what the movement is, is people and organizations across country coming together and becoming a united front for the purposes of co-creating a vision for black lives,” McHarris said. And while McHarris acknowledges that the movement for black lives has largely been non-hierarchical, she says that “it’s not a leaderless movement, it’s a leaderful movement.”

The time for change has been way overdue.