We are outraged, angered, and saddened at the police brutality that has taken the lives of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor, and too many others – and the tragic killing of Ahmaud Arbery by a vigilante and former police officer. There is no room for white supremacy in the future we are working toward -- healthy people and a healthy planet must include everyone.
Yet we know that, because of systemic racism, the same communities that suffer the greatest impacts of air pollution, toxic chemicals and other forms of environmental degradation, are also disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, police brutality, housing and food insecurity, and numerous other manifestations of racial injustice. When we hear George Floyd and Eric Garner say “I can't breathe," we hear the echo of many families and communities who can't breathe because they are disproportionately burdened by air pollution and asthma, and we hear those who have gasped for breath because they were infected with COVID-19.
We stand in solidarity with those on the frontlines of this struggle and send hope and strength to the many families and communities that have been the victims of racial injustice and inequity, whether it's from air pollution, the coronavirus, or police brutality. We join our voices with millions across the nation to affirm that Black Lives Matter. We encourage our supporters to be a part of the solution. Visit the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) website to learn more. Donate to M4BL or locally to the Detroit Justice Center.
This moment requires all of us to fight systemic racism and white supremacy. In this moment, we renew our commitment as an organization to more effectively oppose racial injustice, and to contribute meaningfully to the movement to dismantle systems of oppression.
Keep echoing the demands of Black organizers. Sign the "State of Emergency: End the War on Black people!" list of demands from Color of Change.
Every day this week, M4BL is offering a different theme and multiple actions you can take -- from your computer, in your community, on the street -- to help defend Black lives. Learn more and take part in the M4BL Week of Action now.
Published on June 4, 2020