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What’s Next for Black Lives Matter Atlantic City?

2016 has been a transformative year for the Atlantic City Chapter of Black Lives Matter – NJ! Our monthly teach-in forums in Atlantic City empowered us, brought mutual understanding, and strengthened our bonds, allowing us to set and pursue meaningful priorities. BLM-NJ: Atlantic City brings people together in a powerful way, providing the infrastructure necessary to make shared values and concerns an agenda for social change for the entire region. It is fitting that this year, our group became an official chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement through the New Jersey chapter. Though we have diverse backgrounds and perspectives,


The Mayor’s Promise

Editors Note: We accidentally cut off the camera about 90 seconds before the mayor completed here remarks. In what could be her final annual update, on Wednesday, February 15th, Mayor Dana L. Redd gave remarks as an update on what she describes as “Camden’s resurgence”. She stuck to common phrases and themes related to “moving Camden forward”. “What is a promise?”, the mayor asked. In her view, promises that have been made by the political establishment have been kept. She listed her original goals as restoring accountability to city hall, education reform, and making communities safer. She describes her progress

Camden’s Yungest Legend

Over the weekend, 17 year old Camden, NJ native Yung Poppa released his latest single “I Got the Keys Freestyle”. The song is a banging anthem for the living and lost, youth and entrepreneurs. In the song, he touches on politics, community, and fashion. Listen here. The song prominently displays the key and city silhouette logo of grassroots community organization CANDO. Camden African Neighborhood Development Organization, founded by Anthony “Mancakes” Ways is central to the song. CANDO sponsors athletic games throughout the year to build community, reduce violence, and provide a space for leaders to plan the next steps.  In a city

Black Lives Matter AC on Health and Well-Being in Atlantic County

By Brielle Lord and Dr. Christina Jackson Malcolm X always said that the most disrespected person in America is the black woman. Though he references respect, the devaluing of their lives can be seen through the quality of their lives in the Atlantic County region where both gender and race create dire experiences for families headed by black women. On Saturday, October 15th, the Black Lives Matter Atlantic City chapter held its second to last forum in their 12-month series entitled “Beyond the Slogan: Conversations on Race, Privilege and Power.” The focus of our October forum was health and well-being

Voters’ Voices: Camden & the Presidential Election

  In October, I went to different neighborhoods in Camden to talk to residents and visitors about the presidential election. I found Trump, Clinton, and Stein supporters as well as people that were still undecided. Every time I went out, I was joined by different people that helped do video and get people to be interviewed.  Davelle did most of the editing, with Helyx, Milena, and I contributing as well. I targeted young adults and tried to get a diverse group of people to talk in front of the camera. I did find a Black man that was voting for

Black Lives Matter AC on Affirming Black LGBTQ Lives

By Brielle Lord and Dr. Christina Jackson “It’s never a safe space entirely, in a black community,” Sa’Miyah, a student at Stockton University, offers in a panel discussion on Affirming Black LGBTQ lives. This September, the Black Lives Matter AC group reconvened to discuss the minority within the minority—and the experience of sexuality defining how safe one feels within a movement for black lives. As a community, the group addressed what is often looked at as a taboo topic, with what one panelist defined as operating as a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” in the black community. Dr. Christina Jackson,