In this tenth episode of Black Work Talk, host Steven Pitts welcomes Maurice BP-Weeks, co-founder of the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE). ACRE sits at the nexus of the struggles for racial and economic justice. As such, they provide campaign assistance to local organizations and engage in national campaigns against corporate elites. Equally important, ACRE shapes the national narrative around role of the corporate elites in the exploitation of communities of color. Last year, Maurice wrote a key article stating that Amazon was a key symbol of racial capitalism. Given the efforts of workers in Bessmer Alabama to form a union, Maurice’s voice is an important one to hear on Black Work Talk. Here are links to ACRE and some of Maurice’s thoughts:https://acrecampaigns.org/Weeks - Looking for the Symbol of Racial Capitalism? Look No Further than AmazonMoney, Power, Respect - Interview with Maurice BP-Weeks
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The Black community is experiencing a disproportionate amount of deaths from both the pandemic AND a police-demic, and the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) is at its intersection fighting for justice and searching for solutions. Maurice BP-Weeks, Co-Executive Director, and his colleagues at the organization were already working on the eviction crisis that was sparked by coronavirus outbreak; now, in the midst of a national uprising against policing, they're splitting their efforts to simultaneously research the ins and outs of police budgets, uncovering the hard truth that they're bloated with cash and get a hefty handout every time they ask. They're also looking at how we can move forward with specific demands, and deciding on what those demands should be, in order to make permanent change for police budgets in this country. Get into that and more in today's episode. Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brittany Temple Distributor: DCP Entertainment For additional content: makeitplain.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.