Blavity sat down with Charlene Carruthers, the national director of BYP100. Carruthers is a black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with more than 12 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work
Blavity: Tell us about yourself, your history with organizing and why you decided to join BYP100
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NOW: BYP100 Durham Chapter joins other community groups and residents including SONG and the #Sayhername Durham Collective in a large action protesting the abuse of the institution of policing. ‘Durham Rally Against Police Terror’ is a continuation of the ‘Durham Beyond Policing’ campaign and demonstration amidst the national actions calling out the violence of police in our communities. BYP100 joins hundreds of Durham residents outside of the Chapel Hill Street Durham Police Department as we gather to call for a swift divestment from the police and oppose Durham City Council’s vote to move forward with a new $71 million police headquarters. Photo via @DurhamBeyondPolicing #FreedomNow #FundBlackFutures
B: One of my favorite parts about BYP100 is that you make holistic energy a central part to your organizing. Talk to us more about why using a love and culture-centered approach is necessary.
B: A part of your mission that I really appreciate is where it states "members must be committed to building a black politic in a black queer, feminist/womanist positive space." What are your thoughts on how imperative this is to black liberation?
The #NOLA chapter of #BYP100 just finished a #FundBlackFutures action in front of the courthouse for the #FightFor15 National #DayOfAction. We're currently marching to NOPD headquarters then to Sheriff Gusmans office to let them know our message - we want larger investment in economic opportunities for New Orleans, not in our policing and incarceration. People who have been criminalized and incarcerated face some of the largest barriers to accessing jobs with living wages. As the incarceration capital of the world and a city which sees large revenues from tourism, New Orleans stands at the intersection of mass criminalization and economic disinvestment in the local community. Join us at 5:30pm at Congo Square for our last action of the day with #FightFor15 and allies as we demand a living wage for New Orleanians as well as a divestment from policing and incarceration as strategies to make our communities safer A photo posted by BYP 100 (@byp100) on'