About Black Lives Matter Cambridge
The Mission of BLM Cambridge - est. 2014
Black Lives Matter Cambridge is a Black-led collective committed to ending structural racism and systemic oppression both locally and globally. We employ an intersectional queer Black feminist framework which focuses on centering the most marginalized members of the Black community--specifically Black trans and gender non-conforming femmes, the disabled, cash-poor individuals, and Black children. We organize and build community bonds in the Metro North through our various community programs and events, including our monthly Free Books and Breakfast Program. Additionally, Black Lives Matter Cambridge advocates for Black people facing political and social abuse at the hands of state and local bureaucracies. We remain steadfast in our efforts to liberate all Black people from the trappings of capitalism, mass incarceration, cis-hetero patriarchy, and white supremacy.
Part of an international movement ...
#BlackLivesMatter created envisioned by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi as a call to action for Black people after George Zimmerman murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and was subsequently placed on trial for his own murder, while the murdered was released as legally innocent. Black Lives Matter began as a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.
Movement leaders Opal, Patrisse, and Alicia moved the hashtag from social media to the streets by organizing the very successful Black Lives Matter ride to MO, after 18-year old Mike Brown was killed at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
The movement caught fire after the lack of indictments in the cases involving two police related deaths, that of both Mike Brown and Eric Garner, a New York man whose murder was caught on camera. Black Lives Matter chapters around the country organized large protests where demonstrators stopped traffic to make people aware of the modern manifestation of racism and its violence.