Black Roots Alliance

 

For the past two years the leadership of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Action Now, and the Workers Center For Racial Justice (WCRJ) have been meeting to discuss forming a permanent alliance of grassroots, Black-led organizations engaging in Black Liberation organizing. Due to the lack of real progressive Black leadership in Illinois, combined with the Black community being taken for granted by the Democratic Party and mainstream organizations on the left, we believed forming the BlackRoots Alliance was necessary if we’re ever going to address some of the most pressing issues facing the Black community.

 

The BlackRoots Alliance is a coalition that is focused on running specific campaigns, but rather an alliance that is rooted in a shared set of values and analysis around race, gender and class.  We are committed to direct action, leadership development, empowering and mobilizing voters as a way to both build and exercise power. While we have identified criminalization and jobs as the areas where we have the most synergy and alignment, the BA is a multi-issue organization capable of addressing the root causes to racial and economic injustices. Our mission is grounded in a love for the Black community, and a commitment to seeing our people achieve their full human potential.  

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Policy Platform

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Policy Platform

Policy Statement

We are building a Black Left Politics that focuses on organizing and mobilizing within the Black community, while at the same time seeking to influence and align with other communities working towards real racial, gender and economic justice. This new Black politics must be inclusive of all strands of the Black community and incorporate their expertise and leadership. This includes our Black LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

We intend to build a Black Left Politics that is connected to and working in concert with organized labor, the environmental justice movement, progressive Black clergy, and one that possess a strong international analysis that rejects imperialism and hyper capitalism, which has devastated Black and Brown communities across the globe.

Decriminalization

 

• Develop and seek to pass a sweeping policy package that would both decriminalize and reinvest criminal
• Work to elect a new State’s Attorney in Cook County that will work with the BRA to reduce the number of people entering into the criminal justice system, and implement restorative justice policies as alternatives to incarceration.
• Retroactive decriminalization of marijuana possession and automatic expungement of people’s record upon release from prison.
• Deferred prosecution or community service for all individuals charged with a first time nonviolent offense.
• Retroactive revocation of mandatory minimums.
• Expand the number of non?violent and misdemeanor and felony offenses that can be expunged and sealed.
• Retroactively change the Illinois Criminal Code so that certain felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors and certain misdemeanors can be reduced to civil penalties (Prop 47)
• Commute the sentences of nonviolent offenders that have served more than two years in jail, and allow for their records to be automatically sealed.
• Create a Justice Reinvestment fund that will take the money saved on policing and incarceration and invest it back in communities most impacted by criminalization.
• Introduce legislation ending or strengthening existing legislation regarding monetary based bail in Illinois.
• Launch efforts to gradually close state run juvenile detention centers in Illinois and Cook County.
• Restore voting rights and access to the incarcerated population in Illinois

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Voter Engagement

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member Organizations

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