Itâ€™s been obvious for a while now that the Black Lives Matter movement would benefit from a concrete policy agenda around which it could focus its organizing, public protest, and practical negotiations with public officials. Developing such an agenda is no easy task â€” especially for a grassroots movement that basically came into existence a year ago.Black Lives Matter took an admirable step forward on this front, however, thanks to the new Campaign ZeroÂ documents released Friday, co-authored by a group including DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie (a.k.a. â€œNettaâ€), two of the movementâ€™s leading activists.
Jesse Singal, over at New York‘s Science of Us, asked for my thoughts on their recommendations to reduce police violence.Â I admired their well-crafted and specific proposals. I hope in their future work that they will layer on a more positive vision of urban policing and link their efforts to an active public safety agenda.
More on how they might do that,Â here.