July 20, 2020 9:00AM EST

Strike for Black Lives

Tomorrow, we make history.

Led by our partners at SEIU and in coordination with working people all over the U.S., we will rise up to #StrikeForBlackLives. Together, we will withhold our most valuable asset — our labor — in support of dismantling racism and white supremacy to bring about fundamental changes in our society, economy, and workplaces.

Our economy, both past, and present, is dependent on Black servitude, yet we are robbed of wages, healthcare, paid sick time, and so much more. Corporate power is a threat to racial justice, and the only way to usher in a new economy is by tackling those forces that aren’t fully committed to dismantling racism.

Black workers everywhere have long been at the forefront of the fight for the rights of workers to earn beyond a living wage and to experience respect and dignity in the workplace.

So, we are organizing and striking to hold these companies accountable for their actions and to demand they enact policies that prove Black lives really matter.

This is an unprecedented moment, and the connective tissue between our movements is strong. There can be no economic justice or climate justice without racial justice and Black liberation.

Millions have taken to the streets with a clear and distinct call to end police violence and to defund police. This surge in power-building is critical and at the Movement for Black Lives, our calls for justice also go beyond addressing police brutality. We want to build a country where Black Lives Matter in every aspect of society — including in the workplace.

We want you to join us tomorrow. Here’s how you can take action:

  1. Demand that Black lives are valued by committing to kneel, hold a moment of silence or walk off the job for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Take the 8:46 pledge here.
  2. Go on strike for Black lives. Find a rally, protest, or car caravan near you, as well as information on how to strike here.
  3. Text DEFEND to 90975 to take action with the Movement for Black Lives tomorrow and beyond.

MORE EVENTS

The Black National Convention

August 28, 2020

7:00PM EST

The hallmark convening of the Electoral Justice Project. A three-day gathering of 500 movement leaders from across the country, where we will anchor ourselves to the Vision for Black Lives and present our list of inclusive and expansive demands. Happening August 28th 2020, in tandem with the Democratic National Convention.

SIXNINETEEN: MASS CALL TO ACTION

June 21, 2020

12:00PM EST

It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and Black communities were now free. Note that this was two and half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. For our people, freedom in this country has always been hard-fought and much-delayed. Coretta Scott King said, […]

SIXNINETEEN: MASS CALL TO ACTION

June 20, 2020

12:00PM EST

It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and Black communities were now free. Note that this was two and half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. For our people, freedom in this country has always been hard-fought and much-delayed. Coretta Scott King said, […]

SIXNINETEEN: MASS CALL TO ACTION

June 19, 2020

12:00PM EST

It was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and Black communities were now free. Note that this was two and half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. For our people, freedom in this country has always been hard-fought and much-delayed. Coretta Scott King said, […]

M4BL TV: SIX NINETEEN

June 19, 2020

12:00PM EST

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Making Meaning Of This Moment; Forging An Abolitionist Strategy For Defending Black Communities

June 6, 2020

1:00PM EST

Join The Movement For Black Lives and The Rising Majority on Saturday at 10amPT/12pmCT/1pmET for a national call about the current resistance and how we can show up In Defense of Black Lives. Cities across the country have erupted in protest and many are in flames. The horrific and violent murders of George Floyd, Nina […]

IN DEFENSE OF BLACK LIVES: A VIRTUAL RALLY

June 5, 2020

2:00PM EST

A virtual rally culminating our week of action and celebrating our collective organizing and community building. For the last week, in every state across the country, organizers, activists, and allies took to the streets to demand justice and accountability and to defund the police and invest in building healthy and strong communities. And we’re just […]

M4BL National Call: In Defense of Black Life

May 31, 2020

1:00PM EST

The killing of Black people at the hands of the police is taking place against the backdrop of a pandemic that is taking Black lives at an alarming rate. Our communities continue to be disinvested in and our people continue to be vulnerable to every harm in our society. This is why we call to […]

The Dual Crisis of Climate Change and Covid-19

May 20, 2020

7:00PM EST

15 years ago Black families in New Orleans were victimized by state and federal officials whose neglect of state infrastructure led the levies to break during Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane season is fast approaching, and Black families – who are experiencing the worst outcomes of COVID19 – in the South, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, […]

Healing, Health, and Resilience During Covid-19

May 6, 2020

7:00PM EST

We held an intentional space for those of us who want to deepen our resiliency and learn new health and healing practices. During this national call, we heard from social movement practitioners in healing, somatics, ritual, hoodoo, and yoga about how to care for your physical body, your mind, and your spirit during and beyond […]

Free Them All

April 23, 2020

7:00PM EST

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Racial Disparities and COVID-19

April 16, 2020

7:00PM EST

Due to structural and systemic racism, Black people are twice as likely as white people to view the coronavirus as a significant threat to their health and their ability to survive if we contract it. Whether its overcrowded public housing units or rural areas with few reliable medical facilities, Black communities are positioned to have […]

Social Distance Social Club by M4BL

March 25, 2020

7:00PM EST

A virtual political space for Black folk. Join us for a virtual social hour to connect, hear from organizers on the ground who are creating networks and opportunities for Black people to support one another, and find out about what steps M4BL is demanding our elected officials take to stop the spread and lasting harm […]