August 31, 2016 (San Diego) Guccifer, a Rumaninan hacker, released a confidential memo from the office of Leader Nancy Pelosi (Ca-D) which shows some disdain for Black Lives Matter. In the memo Black Lives Matter was called a radical movement, and advised a non commitment to the policy prescriptions of the movement. Among them, the movement wants the demilitarization of police forces, and more civilian control over them. It came from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and later Michael Brown. It has grown into a mature second civil rights movement.
You can read the full memo here. There are some highlights that are critical. The memo describes the movement as radical, and the goals to demilitarize the police and track officer involved shootings are radical by extension. The memo also states that politicians should have front line staff deal with BLM, but otherwise remain as non commital as possible. The movement took the Democrsts by surprise. Members of the movement interrupted both Bernie Sanders and to a point Hillary Clunton. Famously they also interrupted Jeb Bush in Nevada and have attempted this a few times at Donald Trump rallies.
Black Lives Matter posted the following response on their Facebook page.
We are disappointed at the DCCC’s placating response to our demand to value all Black life. Black communities deserve to be heard, not handled. People are dying.
Whether Republican, Democrat or otherwise, our elected officials have an ethical and democratic responsibility to make legislation that reflects the needs of their constituents. That includes Black people facing life-threatening challenges because of racist, failed policies.
We demand, and are fighting every day for, a radical transformation of American democracy where all Black lives are valued. We expect that our elected officials will stop pacifying and take us seriously.
We encourage all policymakers and elected officials to read the Movement for Black Lives policy platform and commit to legislation in the first 100 days that ensures that #BlackLivesMatter.