My Wish List for the U.S. in 2020

Posted on February 20, 2020


In order to bring about change in the world, we need to clarify what the goal is and take actions toward achieving that goal. As I look ahead to the 2020 Census and POTUS Election, I am thinking about the kind of community I want to live in and that I want for the youth and the coming generations.

Here’s my Wish List, my Top Ten for the United States 2020

10. I want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace, and community control of modern technology.

9. I want freedom for all Black and oppressed people now held in U.S. Federal, State, County, City, and Military prisons and jails. I want trials by a jury of peers for all persons charged with crimes under the law.

8. I want an end to all war.

7. I want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black, Indigenous, POC, and other oppressed people.

6. I want free health care for Black and other people who have suffered immediate and generational trauma at the hands of the U.S. government

5. I want high-quality, lifelong, public education for all children that teaches U.S. history through an antiracist, inclusive, culturally-responsive pedagogy.

4. I want safe and affordable housing for all people, in thriving, mixed-income neighborhoods in strong, supportive communities.

3. I want an end to racist policies that harm and destroy Black and Indigenous communities and other oppressed communities.

2. I want full employment for all workers, with safe working conditions, living wages, family leave, and a pension.

#1: I want freedom, dignity, and full human & civil rights for every human being.

Perhaps you share my desire for a United States with the qualities I enumerate above.

If you do, I encourage you to find ways to support the efforts to get everyone counted for the 2020 Census, and to get out the VOTE for the 2020 election.


A3 Coalition 2nd Friday 2/14/20

I have joined the NAACP and the All About Adrian Coalition, two local antiracist organizations that are active in the efforts on both issues.

There is a lot of work to be done; we need all hands on deck. I hope to see you out there, my fellow worker.

There is one more things I want you to know about My Wish List. It’s not my own.

It’s my adaptation of the 10-Point Platform of the Black Panther Party.

I have presented it as my wish list for 2 reasons:

  1. My wishes for the world align with the BPP Platform, with a few adjustments to acknowledge harm to other oppressed communities.
  2. I wanted people who might think of the Black Panthers in a negative way to have a chance to see that the ideas the group espoused are good and admirable ideas: good for our humanity; good for our society; good for a more just and humane world.

If you recognized the ideas on my list: well done! Give yourself a pat on the back for knowing Black History and BPP’s contribution to our nation’s political discourse!

Whether or not you were familiar with the items on the list, you probably know someone who thinks that the Black Panther Party is anti-American, dangerous, or some other racist idea. Perhaps reading about the ideas behind the BPP could open a door to a new perspective, a different conversation. You might try sharing this post with that person or by using the method I have used, by presenting the ideas as your own, so they can see that they have more in common with the BPP than they thought.

I hope so. It’s why I wrote this post.

Thanks for reading, liking, commenting, sharing, and subscribing, dear Reader.

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