The Movement and the Plan After the March

The Movement and the Plan After the March

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We’ve seen it before: The injustice, the reactions, the non-stop talking and tweeting after yet another headline grabbing tragedy.  We’ve seen the hours of commentary, the “think pieces,” the marches, the online petitions and the panels.
 
But what exactly should people be doing? Where should the energy go and hat should be pushed for? We’ve heard the generalities: The need for “better education” for example, but let’s talk specifics on what would get results on the issue of the moment: Police brutality.
 
1. Single issue. Single push.  What do the best advocacy organizations do? How do they win. Does the NRA focus on 20 issues at the same time? No. The winning actors on the political state win because they focus on one or two issues and push until they win.  
 
In the case of police brutality, a push for independent counsels has come up as a solution to deal with police that get away with murder.  It didn’t get that way by accident.  The strength and focus of the police unions brought us to the point we’re at now.  
 
Several officials have pointed out that activists need to put pressure on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint an independent prosecutor in the case of NYPD Office Daniel Pantaleo killing Eric Garner.  In many states the Governor can appoint one.  In other states the legislature must change state law.  Read it all at TheRoot.com

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke

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