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Facing political instability on its anniversary, Black Lives Matter presents an energetic new game plan.

After fours years of rapid national expansion, the future of the Black Lives Matter movement is uncertain. The 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump and the concurrent Republican sweep of Congress radically transformed the national political landscape. And for advocacy organizations like the Black Lives Matter Network, the prospect of garnering nationwide policy change has plummeted. In the first half of this year, the organization has spent much time recoiling from this conservative revolution. Both the Washington Post and BuzzFeed have reported a slowdown in BLM street protests. And in a recent NPR interview, Black Lives Matter network co-founder, Patrisse Khan-Cullors referred to the movement’s national prospects as “devastating.” However last week, on its fourth anniversary, the BLM Network took account of the movement’s victories to date and articulated a robust new game plan for operating in Trump's America moving forward. In the 55 page report, organizers sketched out how a localized, intersectional agenda can keep the movement’s momentum going during this time of political uncertainty.

In response to the National Rifle Association’s recent release of a series of aggressive recruitment videos, including one that targets Women’s March Co-President Tamika Mallory, local Los Angeles organizations have released their own video demanding that the NRA remove theirs.  See video here: https://youtu.be/twNkyxdNoQ8   “We

The use of mental health or disability status to perpetuate anti-Black violence and dodge accountability is not only incredibly violent, but morally irresponsible.

Conversations about mental health and how it affects our lives is something that is picking up steam both in social justice-oriented circles and in the world at large. From hashtags to publications, people are beginning to redefine how they interact with and define their mental health. The push for normalizing mental health challenges and struggles is powerful to see. However, it is all too common to see mental health weaponized to continue oppression. In particular, this tactic is used to perpetuate anti-Blackness, especially in social justice-oriented circles. So what exactly does weaponizing mental health look like? It comes in many forms that can range from insidious to innocuous in nature. It can look like a white or non-Black person of color using their mental health or mental health-related terminology such as triggers to dodge accountability from other oppression.

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