"We cannot forget that our advocacy is interconnected."
We stand in solidarity with Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community.
Read their powerful statement below and at bit.ly/3cfDOLB.
Last night as many of us prepared for bed, we did so with heavy hearts. Over the past couple of months, most of our nation has become accustomed to living with some level of fear or strain and navigating how to manage them - if not for ourselves then for the people that we love. Our communities have dealt with unimaginable loss. Many of us have also recognized that while we have been on this journey together, our experiences during this time are vastly different. For Communities of Color, the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has underscored what we have long known. There are serious systemic inequities that mean life or death for our communities, our families, and our friends. These inequities are rooted in a longstanding history of racism and oppression – one that left us disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The reality of this historic and current trauma is palpable and yesterday as we prepared to sleep many of us watched as Minneapolis burned, and we felt our hearts shatter.
Our community, the Black community, has been required to move through our country half-healed, continuously reminded of the reality that our individual and collective safety is fleeting. Whether being stopped by the police, going for a jog, or simply lying in our beds asleep, we are not safe. A walk in the park could have easily ended with Chris Cooper’s death. We are in pain, we are grieving, we are frustrated, and we are afraid. Yet, we remain committed to our individual and collective healing because simply put, we must. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have families and friends that loved them and they each deserved better. They were our sisters and brothers and unfortunately, like so many others, the loss of their lives is now a call to action.
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