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Reflections and Allyship: George Floyd and Beyond

May 29, 2020

Reflections and Allyship: George Floyd and Beyond

A statement on police brutality.

Dear Partners and Friends,

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is outraged and heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. We offer our deep condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, to the entire Black community, and to all who are and will continue to be impacted by this trauma, now and for many years to come. George Floyd’s murder is yet another example of how white supremacy in the US systemically endangers the lives of Black bodies and communities. It highlights the way in which systemic and institutionalized racism inflicts violence on Black lives each and every day.

We must say their names: George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin. The list goes on.

Floyd’s murder is part of a long legacy of white supremacy in the United States, conceived at the time of colonization, codified with the slave trade, and baked into our institutions and laws from our nation’s founding to the present day. Violence against African Americans is a central part of our history and current day reality, and as such it will not be cured without collective action that gets at the root of the problem: racial and economic inequity.

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice envisions a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity.

We cannot address domestic and sexual violence without acknowleding the role that state sponsored violence plays in perpetuating inequity. We at CSAJ are reflecting on the following questions. We encourage you to do the same. Aspiring-allies are called, not only to reflect and learn, but also to act.

Donate to local community-led organizations that have been doing race equity work for a long time, as well as fundraisers that will ensure that your money directly supports Floyd’s family and others similarly impacted by police violence and overcriminalization:

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