This confusion has seriously impacted the chapter's ability to fundraise and continue the the work of changing the material conditions of Black people in DC. BLM chapters raise their own funds in order to be able to continue the work they do in their own cities.
The important work of DCBLM includes:
- Connecting community members and their families to legal support and representation through our partnerships with Law 4 Black Lives DC and private attorneys.
- Supporting and helping to plan, pay for, and/or put on more than 30 vigils and funerals for victims of police and community violence in DC since June of 2019.
Building alternatives to the carceral state and working collectively to get the needs of our community met are fundamental principles in all of the work we do. We have continued leading coalition work around community education about encounters with police including continuing to provide ongoing Street Law 101 (Know Your Rights) trainings. We also were part of the effort that launched the DC Mutual Aid Network, and East of the River Mutual Aid (EORMA).
A tremendous strength of our work is that it is not rooted in charity, but in solidarity. It is a political statement and way of life. We take real, bold and unapologetic action to secure opportunities to actually change the material conditions of Black and Brown people and our communities
BLMDC organizers live and work in DC
While we’re all volunteers, none of this work is free. We need your financial support to continue and expand our liberatory programming