Washington, DC – Black Lives Matter (BLM) blasted former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) for failing to invite them to a meeting in which civil rights groups gave them suggestions about how to run the U.S. Justice Department.
“Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Rep. Cedric Richmond met with several civil rights groups yesterday,” Black Lives Matter tweeted on Wednesday. “@blklivesmatter—as the largest social and justice movement in history—was not invited.”
The group credited themselves for having “brought the Biden Harris victory home,” and said they “deserve a seat at the table.”
BLM noted that they sent a letter to both politicians shortly after the election requesting a meeting with them to “discuss the expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to Black people.”
“In short, black people won this election,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors wrote in the Nov. 7 letter. “Without the resounding support of black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome.”
“We want something for our vote,” Cullors added. “We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized. We issue these expectations not just because black people are the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats, but also because black people are truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation.”
Cullors accused the U.S. of failing “to directly reckon with the way that it devalues black people and devastates our lives,” and said that Biden and Harris needed to meet with them “to ensure that you remedy past missteps and work towards a more just future for black people.”
BLM said Biden and Harris have yet to sit down with them to discuss their demands, so they were even more outraged when the duo excluded them from the meeting they held with seven other civil rights groups on Tuesday.
“It has now been 32 days and we have yet to receive a response [to the letter]. To set up a meeting with civil rights leaders, without BLM, is unacceptable,” BLM ranted in another tweet.
The group has also lunched a petition to try to push Biden and Harris into meeting with them.
During Tuesday’s meeting with the civil rights groups Bien and Harris did invite, the groups laid out their expectations with regards to police and criminal justice reform, judges, Biden’s proposed cabinet, voting rights, and racial justice, Politico reported.
They also told Biden he needs to appoint a black attorney general with a background in civil rights, among other recommendations.
The civil rights leaders said Biden should make every effort to appoint black people to as many positions as possible.
“You cannot move the needle when it comes to racial justice in this country unless you have people at the table, at the highest levels, who have had the lived experiences, and, yes, the professional qualifications, to be able to impact public policy,” National Urban League CEO Marc Morial told Biden, according to Politico. “In today’s America, there are Black people qualified for every single position in the government.”
Cullors has informed Biden and Harris in the past that she expects to be included on their transition team in a policy role, the New York Post reported.
Cullors is a self-described “trained Marxist” who has claimed to be a protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the domestic terrorism group Weather Underground.
In October, she signed a wide-ranging, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group in order to have her develop and produce a plethora of programming in order to give more attention to “black voices.”
Cullors, who is credited with having coined the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, co-founded the group seven years ago.
They have raised millions of dollars in donations for “Black Lives Matter,” an organization which does not legally exist.
Donations are collected by a third-party nonprofit organization and then “gifted” to Black Lives Matter leaders with no accountability or transparency for how the money is used.