How the Movement for Black Lives has helped create change

Feb. 16, 2018

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The Movement for Black Lives was founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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The Movement for Black Lives coalition includes grassroots organizations like the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s what has happened since its conception.

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“Swipe It Forward”

In November 2016, New York City activists announced efforts to offer free subway fares at stations that primarily serve black, brown and poor commuters.

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Mama’s Day Bailout

By their second annual campaign in 2017, Black Lives Matter chapters nationwide had raised $500,000 to bail out over 100 imprisoned mothers on Mother’s Day.


Policy demands

The Movement for Black Lives cemented its presence as an organized body by drafting a policy paper detailing social, economic and political demands in 2016.

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Sims statue

In August 2017, the Black Youth Project 100 protested the statue of gynecologist J. Marion Sims in New York City.

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Sims experimented on enslaved women in the mid-1800s without anesthesia. His statue will be removed.


In 2017, BLM Global Network founders accepted the Sydney peace prize for promoting human rights, nonviolence and “peace within justice.”

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Today the Black Lives Matter Network has over 40 chapters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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