Discussion with Benicia Black Lives Matter
On March 9, we welcomed about a dozen Benicia Black Lives Matter members who joined us in conversations and brainstorming how we might support one another and collaborate in the future.
First, each group gave a brief overview of their group’s origins, goals, successes, and membership. Kari Birdseye, Ralph Dennis and Nathalie Christian presented for the Progressive Dems. Nimat Shakoor-Grantham and Brandon Greene presented for Benicia Black Lives Matter.
Mayor Steve Young presented an update on the City of Benicia’s responses to BBLM issues, including the status on hiring of the Diversity and Equity Manager.
After these introductions, we divided into six ZOOM “breakout rooms with 5-7 participants, where we shared conversations around areas of work and issues where we might collaborate on projects and actions.
The reports back from the 6 breakout rooms were full of good ideas, comments and suggestions.
PDB looks forward to ongoing strong relationships with BBLM.
Benicia Black Lives Matter is a local, grassroots community group organized to address anti-Black racism in the city of Benicia. BBLM is the principal reason the City of Benicia is presently interviewing for an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Manger, establishing a Commission United for Racial Equity (CURE), and will be conducting an Equity Audit of Benicia’s government and services.
We strongly support BBLM’s strategy to get Benicians to “Actively Commit to Change” and its mission to have the City create and target a specific, actionable vision of what a better, more inclusive and equitable future looks like.
PDB’s mission is to ensure equity and justice for all people, and support the election and appointment of officials that support this mission. Our programs and actions since 2017 have promoted our mission, and we hope collaboration with BBLM will help us operationalize racial and social justice into our work more effectively. More broadly, through collaboration we hope we can combine resources and energy for greater impact in Benicia and our communities.