After months of protests in defense of black lives
president Joe Biden signed several executive orders reiterating his support
for racial justice in his first week in office.
In my campaign for president I made it very clear at the moment it arrived as a nation
where we face deep racial inequities in American system
systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far far too long,
but some activists are unconvinced the president will fulfill demands of the movement
such as redirecting some police funding and abolishing private federal prisons
even though Biden signed an executive order phasing out private prison contracts.
Were not too thrilled about him but were hoping
that hes going to make a lot of changes and do something right for our people
um but he won our first choice
but because he was the only choice wed rather have him than Donald Trump.
Just because Biden was elected does not mean
that hes going to do the right things for a blm.
We voted out Trump so now its time to make sure that
Biden is going to follow everything the black community needs.
Some activists say the key will be holding Biden accountable
by reinforcing the grassroots organizing in communities of color
that helped propel him to office immediately
before he became president we saw an enormous amount of
unprecedented pressure from grassroots organizations
grassroots people all across the country
mostly affiliated with black lives matter assembly
and other groups really pushing for racial equity really pushing for justice
while some protests against racial injustice have been marred by violence
which both Biden and Trump condemned
the movement has largely advocated for peaceful protests
and underscored the importance of work on local levels.
My opinion as somebody who does grassroots organizing is that
a lot of that is going to come from like
the cities we live in the organizing we do
keeping the narrative conversations going.
Organizers who work for racial justice
even when protests arent making national headlines
encourage fellow Americans to continue having conversations about correcting injustices.
People dont always know that they can contribute in different ways
other than maybe being seen as somebody
whos speaking and whos like shouting or whos like maybe like
somebody saying their story
theres so many like really tangible ways that a movement can be supported.
You can keep the conversation relevant with the people in your household.
You can keep the conversation relevant with people in your churches or in your communities
wherever you socially gather virtually of course.
Activists are optimistic the conversation will remain relevant in Washington as well.
Isha Sarai voa news Washington