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Friday
Jul082016

SEIRN STATEMENT ON THE LOSS OF BLACK LIVES

 

Declaración en español


#BlackLivesMatter #LasVidasNegrasImportan

To our Black sisters, brothers, comrades, friends: we stand with you. 

We grieve for the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Jerry Williams, and the many other victims of police brutality. We know these deaths are not “incidents;” we know these deaths are the result of a White Supremacist system that has been built on the oppression of black bodies.

We stand in solidarity with the people and organizations on the frontlines defending black lives today and every day.

We call on SEIRN’s leadership, SEIRN members and partner organizations that are not part of black communities to continuously challenge anti-black racism in ourselves, our families, our communities, our organizations, and in our movements. As we seek justice and as we work towards true solutions, we must all reflect and look inward. We must all do our part to transform a system that so blatantly disregards and devalues black lives. We cannot become accustomed or desensitized to this loss of black lives, nor can we remain silent, for to do so is to be complicit with the system.

It is imperative that we confront anti-blackness in ourselves and in our communities, and that we talk with our children, families and friends about how our attitudes and behaviors help to uphold white supremacy. It is our duty to do everything within our power to challenge white supremacy and build a world where All Black Lives Matter, for only then will it be possible to build the world we envision and aspire to attain.

*Anti-Blackness: Anti-blackness is the degradation of black humanity, the utter indifference to black suffering, and the denial of black people’s right to exist. It is the dehumanization and constant physical danger that black people face- by Michael P. Jeffries

 

Take Action:

Sign this Petition by ColorofChange.org: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justice-alton-sterling/

Donate now to #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship: https://www.gofundme.com/2d3eze7g

Read: 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality: https://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality#.gQhsP8Hkz