In a letter written “on behalf of the Black Lives Matter Global Network,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors told Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, “We want something for our vote.”
“Without the resounding support of Black people,” Cullors began, “we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome. In short, Black people won this election. Alongside Black-led organizations around the nation, Black Lives Matter invested heavily in this election. ‘Vote and Organize’ became our motto, and our electoral justice efforts reached more than 60 million voters. We want something for our vote,” she said.
Noting that both Biden and Harris committed on the campaign trail to “addressing systemic racism,” the letter requests a meeting with Biden and Harris both, ostensibly to “discuss the expectations” BLM has for their administration.
“We look forward to meeting with you at your convenience to begin the immediate work of Black liberation,” the letter concluded.
Cullors also requested to play an active part in the Biden transition team. There has been no official response to the letter from the Biden team.