Black Roots Alliance

 

The BlackRoots Alliance (BA) is an organization committed to the safety and liberation of all Black people. The BA is made up of three Black-led organizations working collectively to build political, social and economic power in order to end our oppression and fundamentally transform our society. 

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Our Core Values

Our struggle towards liberation sits at the intersection of the four P's:
Political Education, Protests, Policy Advocacy and Politics.
Our work is rooted in these five values:

Safety & Liberation

We believe in the safety and liberation of Black communities. We are dedicated to the de-carceration of our community members, Black community control over the police and restorative justice process that values dignity, respect and reconciliation over punishment.

Economic Security

We believe economic security for Black families can only be achieved through creating a full employment economy for Black workers and allocating a significant amount of local, state and federal budget dollars gets directly invested in Black communities. Otherwise known as reparations.

Education

We believe that every Black child must have a robust and rigorous public education that prioritizes culturally competent teachers, fully funded public schools and establishes an academically rich curriculum that supports Black children to live out their full human potential.

Healthcare

We believe in building the health and wholeness of the Black community; including fighting for affordable healthcare, access to nutritious food, and an intentional commitment to addressing historical traumas that have harmed our people.

Democracy

We are dedicated to re-engaging our people in this highly exclusionary democracy by not only connecting them to the ballot box, but by participating in and leading rigorous public debates around issues that impact our communities and society as a whole, and also by inspiring and training them to become the policy and decision-makers themselves.

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Accomplishments

Some Accomplishments of the BlackRoots Alliance

Voter Engagement

Accomplishments

In a little over two years the BlackRoots Alliance has made great strides in advancing a progressive Black Liberation agenda. Accomplishments which we are particularly proud of are:

 

• Organizing a 1,000-person counter conference and direct action against the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);

 

• Contacting and persuading more than 20,000 low propensity Black voters to support Kim Foxx for the "Bye Anita" Campaign;

 

• Introducing one of the most progressive criminal justice reform bills in the country;

 

• Running an electoral program in 2016 focused exclusively on Low propensity Black voters where we made 294,953 attempts, 74,674 voter contacts, 60,385 deep conversations with voters, and identified 25,166 voters that were very passionate about and wanted to work on one of our core issues of criminal justice/police reform, universal childcare and jobs for marginalized Black workers.

 

Highlights

Kim Foxx Town Hall Meeting

Kim Foxx Town Hall Meeting

FOP Action in 2016

Protesting the FOP in 2016

Door to door canvassing

Door to door voter outreach

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member Organizations

Workers Center for Racial Justice
Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation
Action Now