Anthony Washington: Black Lives Matter, Cuban Americans and the Tea Party

The Black Lives Matter movement cannot squander the momentum and support gained on the national level.  The BLM movement needs to expand from just a cultural phenomenon, to a social, economic and political
The movement has taken steps in the right direction creating a plan deemed, “Campaign Zero,” which looks to push for changes, focusing on policy at Federal, state and local levels.  The plan calls for:

1. Ending “broken windows” policing, which aggressively polices minor crimes in an attempt to stop larger ones
2. using community oversight for misconduct rather than having police decide what consequences officers face
3. making standards for reporting police use of deadly force
4. independently investigating and prosecuting police misconduct
5. having the racial makeup of police departments reflect the communities they serve
6. requiring officers to wear body cameras
7. providing more training for police officers
8. ending for-profit policing practices
9. ending the police use of military equipment
10. implementing police union contracts that hold officers accountable for misconduct

There is no way, the BLM movement can rely on current politicians to fight for them. The movement has to transform into a political interest group in the same way the Tea Party was able to do, capitalizing on its momentum, gaining 60 seats in congress since 2009.

The Tea Party and the Black Lives Matter movements are on opposite sides of the social and political spectrum.  The Tea Party, a traditional reactionary political movement, and the BLM movement looking to break the status quo, the Tea Party looks to maintain.  Despite this, there is still a lesson to be learned.

In its current state, the BLM movement is a politically primitive organization, with the potential to become a powerful and highly influential political machine, capable of producing both local and national leaders and politicians, who are able to see the zero campaign out at the legislative level.

In the same way the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee was formed to promote a Democratic Cuba, handing out more than $3 million in the last five national elections, the BLM needs to look to the Black elite, as well as those in the Black community who can afford to give for funding, in order to create a independent political organization that can address the needs of the Black community

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  1. Cecil #

    Sure, sure it looks good on paper. But, examine the double speak and you find an organization started to end perceived oppression (whether theirs or authoritarian) thata was quickly highjacked by the NWO and turned into a menacing militant arm of a disadvantaged people whose naivety of the politic males them vulnerable. the very people they are proposing to be working for udoubted will be surprised when they fine themselves incarcerated by the very freedoms which they think they are promoting.

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