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Support Black Lives Matter Nash

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Raised by 53 people in 6 months
Created July 6, 2018
For the last year and a half , Black Lives Matter Nashville (BLMN), as an organizational member of the Community Oversight Now Coalition, has been working diligently to win community oversight in Nashville. Jocques Clemmons’ death in February 2017  reignited a fire among Nashvillians who want to see their local government be more transparent and accountable.  

Why Community Oversight Now? 
Between 2005 and 2015 nearly 700 citizen complaints were filed per year against the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD). Of those complaints, 98% were completely dismissed by the MNPD’s internal investigation department. This staggering number alone does enough to demonstrate just how inept the Metro Police Department is at regulating itself, as overwhelming evidence from external organizations, research analysts, and everyday people tells another story. In 2017, Gideon Army released its Driving While Black  report assessing 2 million MNPD stops between 2011 and 2015 that found strong evidence of racial bias regarding police stops and roadside searches. While heaps of evidence has been provided to support a Community Oversight board in Nashville, our city government and MNPD continue to believe that Nashville has no real problem. When questionable things happen, such as racial profiling and the shooting of Jocques Clemmons, responsibility lies within the department where the incidents happen. In a glaringly evident contradiction of interests, victims of police misconduct in Nashville are forced to rely on the police to police themselves. But doctors don’t regulate themselves. Restaurants don’t regulate themselves. Yet, MNPD officers regulate themselves without any accountability. Hence, the proposed oversight board shall have primary jurisdiction in the investigation of alleged misconduct committed by MNPD employees against civilian members of the public, in addition to having the authority to study and make advisory recommendations regarding the function of Nashville’s criminal justice system.  

The Ask:  After months of hard work and dedication by the citizens of Nashville , The Community Oversight Board referendum's signatures were verified by the Davidson County Election Commission.  The referendum to establish a Oversight Board as is now on the November 6th  as Amendment 1.  We are now working to get out the vote for the mid term elections and educate voters about voting FOR  Amendment 1 to establishment of the Community Oversight Board. In order for Black and Brown voices to be heard, we need your support. Because the opposition is powerful, it will take money, resources, and countless hours of dedicated organizing to carry out our mission of holding police truly accountable and creating safer communities for those most vulnerable to both the whims of individual police officers and the systematic violence of the police state at-large. As a resilient people, we have always had to have our own. In order to win, we must be the ones to fund our movements. We invite you to join us in this critical work by supporting with a sustaining or one-time donation.

Who We Are:
Black Lives Matter Nashville from Nashville, TN.
Our Relationship to BLMN: We are members of this organization raising money for this organization.
How Will We Spend the Funds: All funds go directly to supporting the work and mission of Black Lives Matter Nashville. This includes monthly rent, utilities, voter outreach, and the printing of materials.  All funds go directly and immediately to Black Lives Matter Nashville through direct deposit.
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Update 3
Posted by Black Lives Matter Nashville
1 month ago
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It’s #GivingTuesday, and we want to take the time to acknowledge everyone who has already generously given to Black Lives Matter Nashville. Because of your kindness, we have been able to sustain the work of seeking police accountability in Nashville. This culminated with the overwhelming victory of Amendment #1 during the midterm elections. Our work, however, is not over. Next year, we will work harder and do more to ease the burden the criminal “justice” system has placed on our lives, particularly the lives of black people, poor and people of color. Will you join with us by supporting our mission? Donate today!
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Update 2
Posted by Black Lives Matter Nashville
4 months ago
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Fam,

The people won a huge victory. The Community Oversight Now Coalition has secured enough signatures to get the proposed Community Oversight Board on the ballot in November, so that the residents of Nashville can vote on it. Every victory matters. But our fight isn’t over. Just last week, the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced they were suing to block the COB from being on the ballot in November. We’re convinced that people power can’t be stopped. And this is a people-powered campaign. But we need your help! Will you support us today by donating to Black Lives Matter Nashville? Our victory will depend on all of us. And together, we will win.


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Update 1
Posted by Black Lives Matter Nashville
6 months ago
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Wow! We've been blown away by the support. Today we've released a video to tell you the story of why we fight.

Be 1 of the 15,000 to sign the petition today.

Donate to Black Lives Matter Nashville's work for Community Oversight here: https://www.gofundme.com/support-community-oversight

Contact Us:
Twitter: @BLM_Nashville
IG: @BLM_Nashville
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterNashville/

Contact the Community Oversight Now Coalition:
Twitter: @OversightNow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleCOB/

Donate directly to COB Coalition work: https://www.gofundme.com/community-oversight-board

You can find the petition, print it out on legal paper, and drop it off at one of our drop of locations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By1DcUkYjPiEaDluTE90dTZDS0xjQWZwMVdfZkVVSWdZdjJn/view
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