• City Council Letter 7/13/21
    July 13, 2021 Letter to City Council TO: Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Long Beach City Council Members, and City Manager Tom Modica VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL ONLY FROM: Black Lives Matter Long Beach, CA DATE: July 13, 2021 RE: Long Beach Police Department Budget Allocations Dear Mayor Garcia, City Council Members, and City Manager Modica: This year you are rapidly moving millions of City dollars away from our community — which is deeply suffering from an intersection of public health crises of racism and COVID19 —  to fund new police department initiatives.  We have spent years, and namely all of […]
  • Police Decertification Bill
    Senate Bill 2, Police Decertification Bill Senator Bradford and Pro Tem Atkins Introduce Police Decertification Bill December 07, 2020 SACRAMENTO ­– Today, Senator Bradford (D-Gardena) and Senate President pro Tempore Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced Senate Bill 2 to increase accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights. “The time is now to pass meaningful and common-sense police reform,” said Senator Steven Bradford. “California is able to revoke the certification or licenses of bad doctors, lawyers, teachers, and even barbers, but is unable to decertify police officers who have broken the […]
  • B-Well Collab Promotes Black-Centered Mental Health & Wellness Campaign
    The Black Wellness Collaborative (B-Well) is a diverse grassroots group of Black SoCal neighbors and allies that formed out of the Black Lives Matter, Long Beach Chapter in fall of 2020. B-Well is working to promote a Black-centered mental health public education and awareness campaign. B-Well’s Vision is that all Black people receive the care, compassion, dignity, and respect that everyone deserves when it comes to health. Learn more at www.bwellcollab.com. Virtual Events B-Well’s first virtual event, Gettin’ Through the Winter, was held in December 2020 and can be watched online here. Below is a resource list shared […]
  • City of Long Beach
    Find important information and links here related to the City of Long Beach government, structure, electeds, offices, and more. Office of the City Manager Office of the City ManagerTom Modica, City Manager562.570.5091 Office of Equity Office of Equity - Home Page as of Jan 2021 (Health Department link) Reconciliation Framework for Reconciliation Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative – Initial Report  Resources from the Office of Equity The State of Black Long Beach  Equitable Growth Profile of the City of Long Beach Long Beach Equity Infographic Long Beach Equity Toolkit for City Leaders and Staff Everyone In Economic Inclusion […]
  • The BREATHE Act
    In response to police and state-sponsored violence that recently took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and Tony McDade, and the patriarchal white-supremacy that led to the deaths of Dominique Rem’mie Fells, Ahmaud Arbery, and Riah Milton, and the many more taken from us — we are rising up against all the ways that policing and the criminal-legal system have harmed and failed to protect Black communities. This uprising, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has exposed that we cannot achieve genuine safety and liberation until we abandon policing and punishment paradigms.  For decades, the federal […]
  • Break Down the Ballot 10/24
    A Black-centered social distanced event to break down the November ballot, enjoy community entertainment and political education, plus more! Wear your mask. Bring your sample ballot if you want.
  • The People’s Budget LB 2021 Presentation to Long Beach City Council
    Click image below to read full statement from the People’s Budget Coalition
  • Help the Jordan & Taft Families
    Give toward our GoFundMe fundraiser to support memorial park benches and celebrations of life for Donte Lamont Jordan and Frederick Taft. Black Lives Matter Long Beach is raising $15,000 for memorial park benches and celebrations of life for Donte Lamont Jordan and Frederick Taft. The families greatly appreciate your donation and ask that you share the link with others. Give now and learn more about Donte and Frederick.>>
  • #DontBeTheNextHashtag Social Post Graphics
    Find more at bit.ly/dontbethenexthashtag
  • #DefundLBPD
    What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis, is no different than the killings of our own community members, at the hands of the Long Beach Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies: Tyler Woods, Hector Morejon, Danté Jordan, Feras Morad, Noel Aguilar, Carey Smith-Viramontez, Martin Hurtado, Barry Prak, Jason Conocenti, Doug Zerby, Lionel Gibson, Cezanne Mount, Kerry Michael Bounsom, Luis Ramirez, Jordan Michael Griffin, Catherine Gomez, Marcella Byrd, Ron Settles, and so many others.
  • For the City to truly achieve reconciliation, the Long Beach Police Department itself must acknowledge, listen, convene, catalyze and meaningfully address the structural harm, policies and practices.
    #defundLBPD #divestinvest #carenotcops #defundthepolice #defendBlacklives
  • Racial Reconciliation Report Letter to City Council: We demand the City of Long Beach hold its Police Department accountable 8/11/20
    August 11, 2020 Mayor Robert Garcia and Long Beach City Council 411 W. Ocean Blvd., 11th Floor Long Beach, CA 90802 RE: Agenda Item 14, Racial Reconciliation Report Dear Mayor and Members of the City Council,  While we acknowledge your effort to understand and address centuries of systemic racism, we find it necessary to remind you that police violence is the reason this “Framework for Reconciliation” was initiated.  The Office of Equity’s introduction to the Framework, the Resolution that was unanimously adopted by the Long Beach City Council, and the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Report, each begin by citing the […]
  • Coffee, Corruption & LB Chief Meetup
  • Defund Demands
    #divestinvest #defundthepolice #carenotcops
  • Letter to Long Beach City Council re: CARES Act, Coronavirus Aid 7/14/20
    To: Mayor Garcia, City Council members, City Manager, Tom Modica  From: Black Lives Matter Long Beach and Long Beach H.O.O.D. Council  Date: July 14, 2020  Re: Item 18: July 14th City Council agenda: Recommendation to review a report on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding and potential uses and provide input and policy direction.  This letter is in reference to item 18 of the July 14th City Council agenda: Recommendation to review a report on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding and potential uses and provide input and policy direction. Documents attached […]
  • #DefundThePolice
    May 30, 2020 Enough is enough. Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country. We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police. We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives. George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them. Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and […]
  • COVID-19, Black Community, a Crisis and Opportunity
    Black people are dying at a rate of two–three times our population share from COVID-19. In Los Angeles County, the rate of Black death is twice our population share, which is 9%, but 17% of the COVID-19 deaths. With nearly 900,000 Black residents in the County and just over 60,000 of them in Long Beach, COVID-19 related hospitalizations for Black people constitute 19% of them, while we are just 12% of the population. Long Beach has yet to release information detailing the death rate by race, but given the numbers we have, the trend is obvious; Black folks […]
  • Open Letter to Long Beach City Council Members 9/13/19 re: Records Destruction
    To: Members of the Long Beach City Council:From: Long Beach residents and community organizationsDate: September 13, 2019Re: Agenda item #21 for Council Meeting 9/17/19 OPEN LETTER TO LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS This letter is in response to Long Beach City Council’s upcoming vote on Tuesday, September 17th on item #21 regarding the Police Officer Association’s request for acceptance of a proposed addition to their city contract, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). We as a community, are extremely concerned about section IX “Public Records Requests”. Long Beach Post’s September 10th, 2019 article on this proposal stated that the LB […]