Black Lives Matter banner stolen from SLO church

March 5, 2016

399181_187309941440259_1983793252_nA banner sporting the protest movement slogan “Black Lives Matter” has been stolen from a San Luis Obispo church. It is the second time a Black Lives Matter banner has been taken down from the San Luis Obispo church, and other churches in the county say they, too, have had Black Lives Matter banners stolen or vandalized. [Tribune]

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which is located near Broad and South streets, first put up a Black Lives Matter banner last summer. Later in the summer, it was cut from its moorings and left folded up in the church yard.

On Feb. 19, a thief tore down the banner and took off with it. After that incident, the church filed a police report.

Church leaders say they will put another Black Lives Matter banner up. Church members are currently discussing the size and location of the new banner.

Meanwhile, they have already put up yet another banner, this one in support of immigrant and LGBT rights. The banner states, “Standing on the side of Love.”

On March 10, the interfaith alliance People of Faith for Justice will hold a Black Lives Matter conversation about race. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is part of the alliance.

Many critics of the Black Lives Matter movement say, “All lives matter,” not just black lives.



  1. achillesheal says:

    The inspiration for the “black lives matter” movement was Michael Brown. A young man who after robbing a store, assaulted a police officer, tried to take his gun, and was shot and killed.

    The result was a lie that he was surrendering and spurned the “hands up don’t shoot” movement that our idiot elected officials acted out on the steps of the capital.

    That said. You have the right in America to be stupid and the right of freedom of speech which includes hanging banners on private property. Religious institutions potentially jeopardize their 501c3 status with political speech, but that’s another issue.

    Don’t steal their banner. Let it fly and decide whether or not you want to be associated with that church due to their statements.

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    • kettle says:

      You really need to stay away from whatever bad source of information, or were you trying to make it (blm) look as bad as possible? Micheal Brown was later.

      “In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The movement was co-founded by three black community organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. BLM drew inspiration from the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power movement, the 1980s black feminist movement, Pan-Africanism, Anti-Apartheid Movement, Hip hop, LGBT social movements and Occupy Wall Street.[7]

      Garza, Cullors and Tometi met through “Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity” (BOLD), a national organization that trains community organizers. They began to question how they were going to respond to the devaluation of black lives after Zimmerman’s acquittal. Garza wrote a Facebook post titled “A Love Note to Black People” in which she wrote: “Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.” Cullors replied: “#BlackLivesMatter”. Tometi then added her support, and Black Lives Matter was born as an online campaign.”

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      • achillesheal says:

        OK. So Trayvon Martin. Mounts and beats senseless a little hispanic security guard and takes a bullet for his troubles. He’s one to hang your hoody on.

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  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    Ridiculous sign verbiage unless some is trying to promote racism. Listen to the sign song.

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  3. sloweb says:

    My test is always to replace the reference to race (in this case, Black) in a phrase with the word “White”. If I get an “icky” feeling and imagine an outrage against it, then the original phrase is equally racist. I am against ALL racism.

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  4. CentralcoastRN says:

    The posters need to say, “Better Screening And Hiring Procedures for Our Men In Blue”.

    That’s what it’s all about.

    I have seen videos of cops killing a mom of 4 with PPD.
    I saw the heartbreaking video of the two police officers who shot the 12 year old with the toy gun to death.
    Then let’s not forget the Rodney King video.
    I have seen incompetent police officers suffocate citizens simply by using positional asphyxia. Airways must ALWAYS be maintained.

    To me, the issue comes down to the hiring of qualified police officers. I am not sure the right background checks, psychological profiling is getting done. Rather than saying that the only possibility behind an issue is racism, perhaps we need to look at the more global issue. We are entrusting a very huge responsibility to these officicers with great power. Maybe we need to look at how the choices are made.

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    • achillesheal says:

      Have you. Seen the daily murders in Chicago? Perhaps they should televise those in addition to the 7 or 8 incidents you reference over the past 2 decades.

      Think..don’t be spoon fed your conclusions by those with an agenda.

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  5. shelworth says:

    We all need to protect freedom of speech, BLM and KKK alike. No mater how detestable it is. Now when they start smashing windows and stealing stuff, that’s another matter.

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  6. Chinaski says:

    Predictable ignorant comments from the usual suspects on this loser’s circle jerk of commenters. “Black lives matter is the same as the KKK”? A third grader would destroy you in a debate on that one. Run to check on the city permits Samlouis, I’m sure you are the instigator of COUNTLESS positive community actions…enjoy your little circle of misery…

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    • SamLouis says:

      Your ad hominem attack including the vulgar “circle jerk” comment says volumes about you. None of which is good.

      The UU in SLO needs to find less bigoted ways in which to attract attention to itself in SLO.

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