Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel peace prize

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FILE – In this July 31, 2020 file photo, Black Lives Matter protesters gather at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. At least two federal buildings in Portland have been closed and the FBI is investigating after a threat of violence was reported, the officials said Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, the FBI said in a statement. The Mark O. Hatfield Federal courthouse, which was the site of weeks of violent protests last month, was closed, as was the Portland office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

(NewsNation Now) — The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread globally.

The organization was nominated by Norweign MP Petter Eide.

“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Eide told NewsNation. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.”

Eide said he was impressed by the movement’s ability to “mobilize people from all groups of society.” He said the broad engagement of many types of people not just African Americans or oppressed people makes it different than other civil rights and social justice movements.

“They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice,” Eide said.

Eide said peaceful protests by the moment also prompted him to nominate the organization.

“Studies have shown that most of the demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter have been peaceful,” Eide said. “Of course there have been incidents, but most of them have been caused by the activities of either the police or counter-protestors.”

Data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project in September 2020 showed that 93% of Black Lives Matter demonstrations involved no serious harm to people or property.

“I do not condone violence and if I thought Black Lives Matter was a violent group I would not have nominated them,” he added.

The Black Lives Matter Movement was founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the movement has protested globally after the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.

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