- On Going BLM:DMV Projects
- M4BL Groups to Join
- Previous Events
- Emerging Curriculum for the Movement
Movement For Black Lives Steering Committee is a Black led space for strategic collaborations between Black organizations [BLM:DMV, BYP100, SPTP-DC, PACA] and allied groups (API Resistance, Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum) that want to fight state sanctioned violence against Black people here in DC. To learn more please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emotional Emancipation Circles provide space every Wednesday for Black people to come together to process the emotional legacies of enslavement and anti-Black trauma with the intention to foster individual and collective healing. The Emotional Emancipation Circle is facilitated by UnChained every Wednesday at 6:30 PM at Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) located at 733 Euclid St NW Studio #2. Please email email@example.com if you are in need of childcare. THIS IS A BLACK ONLY SPACE.
#BlackJoySunday is CURRENTLY OM HIATUS. It is a Black only space held every Sunday from 4PM-6PM (though it often goes later) in southeast DC (2237 Mount View Pl. SE) during the colder months and at Malcom X Park during the warm months. Black Joy is a transformative force, a reminder of the precious euphoria of our humanity. This is a supportive place we can be affirmed in our Blackness and fellowship with other gorgeous Black people. Every week is a bit different depending on those attending. We have done everything from watching Being Mary Jane or The Wiz, spontaneous, Beyoncé dance breaks, playing the Michael Jackson Experience, to playing spades, meditating, coloring, and making vision boards. Bring your food! This is a potluck style event! Children are always welcome.
This is a space for Black people, which means ALL Black people. So make sure to bring your love for Black Women, Black People facing homelessness, Black Trans* Folk, Black Youth, Black Muslims, Black Queer Folk, Black Jews, Black Men, Black Gender Non-Conforming Folk, Black Elders, Black Returning Citizens, Black people thriving with disabilities [seen and unseen], and All Black Everythang! We are a diverse diaspora and all our loves are unique. All that love will be put to good use!! For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#SolidariTrees harnesses the power of communities; using art to ignite social consciousness and instigate social change; promoting (self)love as a revolutionary act. For more information contact email@example.com.
Black Organizers Dinners are an opportunity for black folks who are already actively engaged in organizing and building black communities to support each other’s work, articulate collective visions, and spend time building relationships. Black Organizer Dinners are held from 6 – 9 pm on the first Thursdays of every month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. THIS IS A BLACK ONLY SPACE.
#KeepDC4Me is the most recent addition to our work and will become a coalition of community organizations, neighborhoods, neighbors, families, friends, and individuals dedicated to collaboratively confronting and dismantling systems of oppression that operate to displace Black people and incite violence in predominantly Black communities in Southeast DC. Specifically, #KeepDC4Me will work to:
1. Identify and engage current and potential partners to support affinity work and direct action. Which includes pooling resources to accomplish together what they cannot alone reenergize groups doing too much alone.
2. Dramatically increase the effectiveness, quantity and quality of communication between groups/individuals while supporting the creation of new partnerships using social media, phone banking, and street teams.
3. Plan and execute successful community-wide direct actions with specific targets of oppressive systems, rapid response to community emergencies and calls to action resulting in long-term, permanent change.
Contact KeepDC4Me@gmail.com for more information.
The Movement for Black Lives in DC
DC’s Movement for Black Lives is a made up of many organizations, community leaders, organizers, neighborhoods and individuals working to improve the lives of Black people in the district. The Movement for Black Lives in DC demands the District to DIVEST from the police and INVEST in Black communities. The city spends over $500 million on the police and less than $200 million on affordable housing. This same city gives away valuable public land to developers while Black residents are getting displaced from their homes.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” —Assata Shakur
Join the Movement:
Hashtags to Follow:
ACTIVE DC Organizations
Black Lives Matter DMV www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org @DMVBlackLives
Black Lives Matter DMV is a collective of organizers, activists, and artists in the DC, MD and VA tri-state area who work to combat anti-blackness and racialized oppression in all of its manifestations as experienced by Black people through healing, building community power within Black neighborhoods, and connecting Black folks who share the same desire for liberation. Melanin Uprising is the youth (16 and 21) lead branch of Black Lives Matter DMV on a mission to create a safe, positive healing space for Black youth to inspire a generation of strong, resilient, self-actualized leaders who advocate on behalf of themselves and their peers.
Melanin Uprising, a Black youth-led contingent that helps peers discuss, process and combat societal factors that cause trauma within the Black community, and facilitate discussions on issues important to Black youth. To learn more about Melanin Uprising, email email@example.com.
Pan-African Community Action (PACA) is a grassroots group of African/Black people organizing for community based power in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) metropolitan area. We undertake to build community led power through participatory programs of action and political education drives that avow and advance: our “Human Right to Informed Consent and Self-Determination” (Pursuant to UDHR’s Article 15, ICCPR’s Article 1, and ICESCR’s Article 1), collective community control over local economies, community control over the police, and a movement led by the most impacted of our communities. PACA is explicitly anti-capitalist. We stand against all forms of race, class, gender and sexual orientation based oppression. We stand for full community access to resources to realize a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of individuals and families, including: food, clothing, housing, medical care, and necessary social services.
ThinkMOOR is a collective of educators and students dedicated to the liberation and declaration of black humanity. Starting off as a think tank, we challenge and motivate others to research and think more about the issues and history of and throughout the Black diaspora. We assist in providing direct action support, strategic planning ideas, and immediate mobilization.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education.We are committed to engaging in meaningful action to fulfill our mission and realize our collective vision through a democratic, consensus driven process. Our actions are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic (yet visionary), and time-specific.
Solidarity Groups for Black Liberation in DC:
Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Resistance is a collective of API peoples in Washington, D.C., committed to challenging anti-Black racism, white supremacy, imperialism and capitalism. Recognizing that API liberation is bound with Black liberation, we strive to do this work by taking direct action, confronting anti-Black racism in our own communities, and building solidarity with and resources for local Black-led organizations. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum (MAWPF)
MAWPF was born from a lack of safe spaces for Muslim women organizers in Washington, DC. MAWPF work is led by Muslim women organizers and is a space for centering women’s voices, work, and contributions to social justice, policy, and collective liberation. For more information contact MAWPF.email@example.com.
Showing Up for Racial Justice
SURJ DC is part of a national network that organizes white people in the multi-racial struggle against racism and white supremacy. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campaign Against Police Abuse (CAPA)
CAPA email email@example.com- CAPA aims to document and publicize police brutality in DC. Right now they are working on a campaign to go into communities and ask what people think of the police.
We are in the process of creating a curriculum to deepen our analysis of the world. This will be a curriculum designed not to be holistic but dynamic, which is to say not to give one a complete education or even a comprehensive overview but rather to complicate the narratives we have been taught and to insert, where possible, useful counter narratives which can be sources of power and resistance. As part of our desires to tell stories, we recognize that the most powerful stories bring together pre-existing stories in a new way. We need to examine the stories we have been told and hear some pre-existing stories that may be new to us so that the movement can tell the stories it needs to tell to an audience that is ready to hear them.
The goal of our curriculum is three fold: To raise the consciousness of folks as a precursor to mass collective actions, to provide mass producible interactive programs that can provide an intellectual and cultural entry point into the movement and to begin the building on a new analysis for the movement. This curriculum should exist in multiple media and engage learners in different modalities of communal self-directed popular education. Central to this curriculum should be the development and guided implementation of a communal and individual praxis.
We want to add art, visuals, video, audio as well as books to the curriculum. We hope to also create instructions and guides that can be disseminated to allow any group that is interested creating their own study groups.
Below are our thoughts on such a curriculum. We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
The believe the curriculum should cover:
Schedule for Curriculum:
Each week should have no more than two hours of reading/watching and a 30 minute reflection. Each piece/video/media item should have a short intro [1-3 paragraphs] about how it fits our analysis. Each week should come with discussion questions, 30 minute reflection or mediation, optional resources for those who want to read more and 5 ways to incorporate the lessons into your daily life.
The curriculum will be designed for 13 weeks but easily modifiable for shorter or longer terms.
Week 0: What is a social movement anyways?
Week 1: What is the Movement for Black Lives?
Week 2: Who is the Movement for Black Lives?
Week 3 & 5: What are the Goals for the Movement for Black Lives? pt 1 & 2
Week 5 & 6: Historic, Cultural and Theoretical Context for the Movement pt 1 & 2
Week 7: Where do we go from here?
Week 8: Differential Autonomous Transformation
For more information on the curriculum include how to get involved please go here: