On Tuesday, April 4 The Majority is launching the Beyond the Moment (BTM) campaign, a month of political education and bold actions across the country designed to unite different social change and racial justice movements around shared values and intersecting struggles.
A call to action and a mobilization tool, BTM was created to unite people working in social change spaces around shared values and intersecting issue areas. The campaign includes extensive and intersectional political education on issues including: Environmental justice, food justice, Indigenous land rights, reproductive rights, the criminalization of Black and Brown people, immigration, income equality, LGBTQIA rights and more. In addition to political education, the coalition will hold mass mobilizations across the nation throughout the month and beyond. The campaign, the first created by the newly-formed Majority, aims to move masses nationally toward meaningful trans-local action to expand and strengthen fight around ‘sanctuary,’ while strengthening local long-term organizing capacity.
The campaign is anchored by two dates—April 4th and May Day—both of which hold significant meaning to many in social change spaces. April 4th is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech, during which he named racism, capitalism and militarism as the ‘giant triplets’ responsible for the harm marginalized people experience in this nation, and he urged those committed to justice to confront ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ April 4th is also the 49th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. May Day (May 1st) or International Worker’s Day, is a holiday that historically sees tremendous local mobilizations around worker’s rights, and the fight for a living wage. In the context of Trump’s presidency, it is imperative that we put forth a true, collective vision of economic justice and worker justice, for all people.
To date, more than 50 organizations, including national, local and member-based alliances have joined The Majority and are participating in the BTM campaign. Organizations include: Fight for $15, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Food Chain Workers’ Alliance, Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLM), Mijente, NAACP, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), Workers Center for Racial Justice in Chicago, Dream Defenders, SolidarityIS, Right to the City, Climate Justice Alliance, New Economies Coalition, Highlander Center for Research and Education, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Got Green and many more.
The combination of actions that will take place between April 4th and May Day are all grounded in an intersectional analysis that centers anti-Black racism, capitalism and militarism to expose how intertwined issues of social inequality really are across communities. In a moment where the nation is looking to social change organizations and movement leaders for guidance, support and refuge, the Majority and Beyond the Moment is a way of actualizing the change we want to see. We know that when there there is linked oppression, there will be linked defiance, defense and expansion of what it means to protect all our communities. And in many ways, our vision for the future is linked, too: a radical future where we can determine our destinies, a world that we’ve been dreaming of where all Black lives matter.