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April 6, 2021
 

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Livonia Citizens Caring About Black Lives
LCCABL734@gmail.com


A young civil rights group in Livonia launches a new political action committee, vowing to be a powerful influence in the upcoming city council elections this year. 

Livonia Citizens Caring About Black Lives was started during the uprisings against police brutality last summer following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Their first action was organizing a march from the Livonia recreational center to the Livonia police department. An estimated 2,000 people participated in the march and demonstration (kneeling for the then believed 8 minutes 42 seconds a police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd) on the lawn of the Livonia police department. 

The group, started and mainly organized on Facebook, didn’t stop with the march. Their activism for the past 6 months has included:

  • A billboard at the Redford/Livonia city line bringing attention to perceived racial profiling by Livonia police.

  • Consistent participation at city council meetings, requesting an oversight committee of the Livonia police department.

  • Hundreds of FOIA requests compiling data highlighting the racial disparity between LPD ticket and arrest statistics and the Livonia residents.   

  • Eliminating student lunch debt in Livonia after a 3-week fundraising campaign. 

  • Listen and Learn sessions to discuss how racism impacts their city.

  • Launched Sunup Livonia a website dedicated to the transparency of the current state of race relations in Livonia. Also a noticed play on the fact that Livonia was once a Sundown Town

Now LCCABL is setting its sights on the upcoming Livonia city council elections. They have launched Livonia Citizens for Progress to support anti-racist candidates in Livonia and surrounding areas.  

“We are very excited about this next form of activism.” said (LCCABL Member) “there is a lot of energy in LCCABL and civil rights groups around metro Detroit to address the systemic racism in our towns as a result of the white flight of the past. This will be a summer of registering voters, knocking on doors, distributing yard signs, and anything else we can do to encourage everyone to participate in this year’s election.” 

 

“We look forward to supporting candidates seeking reelection who have responded to this moment of racial reckoning in Livonia. We are also ready to put in the work needed to replace those who are content with the status quo. There are great candidates who are ready to lead.” from another LCCABL member. 

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March. 24, 2021
 

PUBLIC CONTACT:

Livonia Citizens Caring About Black Lives
LCCABL734@gmail.com
The last year has seen an increase in attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been wrongfully perceived as responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 The recent mass murder of AAPI community members in Atlanta earlier this week is a horrific continuation of this racist behavior and will not be ignored. The nature of the attack should also lead to an equally important conversation we must have about the intersection of misogyny and class in white supremacy.

 This attack is not an isolated incident. It is the terrible continuation of anti-AAPI attacks and misinformation in the United States. Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 anti-Asian hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021. Women are 2.3 times more likely to be attacked than men. The hyper-sexualization of AAPI women plays a huge role in the violence. Asian women are often seen and treated as objects or trophies, and this very real problem is often seen as a punchline. (i.e. jokes about mail order brides and the portrayal of Asian women in Hollywood.) Asian women are being killed as a result.  

 While it is easy (and accurate) to blame a portion of this increase on falsehoods spread by current and former political leaders, it is important to recognize that this misinformation is also deeply rooted in the historical legacy of racializing infectious diseases as an instrument of hatred against People of Color.

 Viruses do not originate from, nor are they spread by, specific racial or ethnic groups, and any such misconceptions should be strongly rebutted. 

 This attack also shines a spotlight on the objectification and fetishization of the AAPI community and all BIPOC communities. This mixture of white supremacy and misogyny furthers the idea that a community is the “other” that is not equal to the white male community. 

 LCCABL is committed to combating this, fear and racism wherever present through education, advocacy, and ongoing collaborations with organizations that do important work in this field. 

 LCCABL stands firmly beside our AAPI family. For support and to fight for equity. 

               An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.

 No one is safe until we all are safe.