Immediate Press Release
Over the past months, Black students around the globe have started an uprising against anti-blackness and white supremacy on their campuses. From Wits, to Mizzou, to Yale and colleges around the world, Black students are organizing to bring about radical change on their campuses, which have long been sites of continued anti-black racism and violence. Among the many specific demands from Black students organizing on their respective campuses, a thread emerges which unites us: the desire to experience learning spaces that are safe for ALL Black students, particularly those that experience intersecting identities which make them particularly vulnerable to violence and oppression on college campuses including cis and trans Black women, Black queer folk, Black gender non-conforming folks, formerly incarcerated Black folks, Black folks that are undocumented, and Black folks from working class backgrounds.
We know that the campus revolution, being led by Black people across the world, does not exist in isolation from the broader Movement for Black Lives, and the much longer Black Freedom Struggle, which has shown us what we can build when we engage in collective struggle and resistance against white supremacy. The Black Liberation Collective is dedicated to providing a platform and network for Black students around the globe to build power, using an intersectional lens, in order to make our campuses safe from the various manifestations of anti-blackness and white supremacy. We understand that while there may be various differences in our campaigns as they relate to our specific universities, what unites us is our desire to bring about freedom for all Black students, and more broadly, all Black people. The only way we can do this is by building power collectively, as our liberation is tied up with one another.
Our first call to discuss the National Blackout Day (November 18th) will take place on Sunday November 15th at 10pm EST/9pm CST/ 7pm PST.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom
It is our duty to win
We must love each other and support each other
We have nothing to lose but our chains”
- Assata Shakur
The Black Liberation Collective
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