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The Movement for Black Lives platform and politics




Protesters rally in front of to City Hall in support of the decision to bring charges against the six police officers who arrested Freddie Gray on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Protesters rally in front of to City Hall in support of the decision to bring charges against the six police officers who arrested Freddie Gray on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Last week the Movement for Black Lives, an umbrella organization that includes Black Lives Matter put forth a platform describing the group’s political aspiration and motivations.

 The platform presents six different sets of demands, including a call for reparations, divestment from fossil fuels, and a decrease in military spending. The most controversial part of the platform by far is its stance on Israel, which it calls an “apartheid state.”

Yesterday, "Orange is the New Black'' actor Matt McGorry and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, White People for Black Lives and Asian Pacific Islanders delivered a petition with more than 9,000 signatures calling on Mayor Eric Garcetti to immediately fire LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

We talk about the platform, the backlash to its position on Israel and get listener feedback.

Guests:

Jody Armour, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC, and author of the book "Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism"

Joe R. Hicks, Vice President of Community Advocates, Inc.