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First Black Lives Matter agenda seeks slavery reparations

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>> No justice. No peace.>> They've made their voices heard through numerous demonstrations and now several groups associated with the Black Lives Matter movement releasing their first ever agenda. Calling for 6 demands, slavery reparations among them, with roughly 41 recommendations for achieving them, ranging from decriminalization of drug crimes to safe drinking water.
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Reuters reporter Alex Dobuzinskis.>> This is significant because so far many people associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have sort of been a loosely defined group. And now this is an effort for them to come together to amplify their voice and maybe to push more actively for legislation than they have until now.
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>> The platform put forth by a coalition of more than 50 groups. And coming just days ahead of the second anniversary of the death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Most significant, they're call to repair harm done by years of slavery, including free access to public universities and guaranteed minimum livable incomes for black people.
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The movement for reparations dating back to the end of the Civil War, revisited by Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, and gaining momentum through modern day rioters.>> Black Lives Matter is not just calling for reparations over the issue of slavery. They're calling for reparations over what they describe as continuing and ongoing discrimination toward the African American community that involves housing discrimination, a lack of investment in African American communities.
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So they're making that point very clear that it's not just about slavery.>> One notable group not listed among the movement, the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The agenda also coming as the presidential election enters its homestretch, with the coalition saying quote, neither mainstream political party has our interests at heart.