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BLM calls on Biden and Dems to back bill that could lead to prisons being ABOLISHED dubbed 'love letter to black people'
BLACK Lives Matter is calling on President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats to back a bill that could lead to prisons being abolished.
Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder and executive director of Black Lives Matter, pushed for a "modern-day civil rights legislation" on Thursday in an op-ed for Teen Vogue.
The 36-year-old activist also requested to have a meeting with Biden in an open letter.
However, she has yet to hear back from the 78-year-old president-elect after sending the letter earlier this month.
The proposed bill – titled The BREATHE Act – is described by Cullors as a "legislative love letter to Black people" in the op-ed.
She explained: "Practically speaking, the BREATHE Act is a landmark civil rights bill.
"It takes bold, progressive steps to build public safety systems that work for all of us, no matter what community we come from."
The legislation will provide organizations with "funds to create public safety systems uniquely tailored to their community’s needs and incentivize states to decarcerate and defund."
According to the visionary bill's website, activists created the legislation to honor the lives of those who died by "police and state-sanctioned violence."
Examples of those people are: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, and Freddie Gray.
BLM activists in support of The Breathe Act are striving to defund police departments, get rid of prisons, and abolish other types of punishment.
Cullors wrote in her opinion piece: "BREATHE will put us on the road to police and prison abolition, letting our loved ones out of federal prison and immigration detention facilities and building nurturing reentry systems to welcome them home and put them on the path to success and citizenship."
The act – which has not yet been brought to Congress – was revealed in July by Democratics Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
Cullors urged a need to "radically reimagine our concept of justice and safety" and slammed over-policing, sentence enhancements, and mandatory minimums.
She added: "We want the next Presidential administration to prioritize the passing of this powerful modern day civil rights legislation.
"We built the roadmap to take us away from harm and towards health and healing—now, we hope they follow it."
Biden's position on police reform has continuously been a target of the Trump campaign.
However, the former vice president told reporters in July that he did not support defunding.
"We don't have to defund the police departments, we have to make sure they meet minimum basic standards of decency," he said.
In a letter sent to Biden and Kamala Harris just over a week ago, Cullors requested a meeting to discuss the "expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to Black people."
"As we celebrate [Donald Trump's] electoral demise, we also know that his political exit does not ensure an end to the intolerable conditions faced by Black people in America," she said.
"A well-thought out, community-driven, fully resourced agenda that addresses the particular challenges faced by Black people must be a top priority."
Cullors continued: "In short, Black people won this election. We want something for our vote. We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized."
Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement that campaigns against systemic racism and violence inflicted on black people.
The activist group started in 2013 by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and Opal Tometi.
Black Lives Matter began trending in 2020 after footage of the arrest and death of George Floyd went viral, inciting national outrage.