- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Black Lives Matter movement will not endorse a 2016 presidential candidate, according to one of the group’s founders.

Alicia Garza, who describes herself as the network’s co-creator and a director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told The Associated Press “that’s not work we’re engaged in yet.”

Ms. Garza said the group would keep up its political activism by continuing to confront candidates about the treatment of black people in the United States, but the network itself would not lend its name to a particular candidate.

“Black Lives Matter as a network will not, does not, has not, ain’t going to endorse any candidates,” Ms. Garza said, AP reported. “Now, if there are activists within the movement that want to do that independently, they should feel free, and if that’s what makes sense for their local conditions, that’s fantastic. But as a network, that’s not work we’re engaged in yet.”

The organization may become more involved with candidates and parties in the future, but for now Ms. Garza said the groups is “not there yet.”

“It’s too early in the development of the network and it’s too early in the genesis of the movement to rally around anyone in particular who hasn’t demonstrated that they feel accountable to the Black Lives Matter movement or network,” Ms. Garza said.

“What we’ve seen is an attempt by mainstream politics and politicians to co-opt movements that galvanize people in order for them to move closer to their own goals and objectives,” she added, AP reported. “We don’t think that playing a corrupt game is going to bring change and make black lives matter.”

The Black Lives Matter group traces its origins back to the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, but it gained national attention after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

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