Our Statement of Solidarity
by School's Out Washington |
School’s Out Washington stands in solidarity with all those standing up in protest against the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. We also utilize our platform to recognize the continued violence to brown and black bodies in Washington state and throughout our county, including Charleena Lyles, Manuel Ellis, John T. Williams, Tommy Le, Yvonne McDonald, Stonechild Chiefstick, and too many others.
These murders are not new. Violence, anti-blackness, colonialism, and white supremacy were built into the very foundations of this country. Police and white people have been killing and looting Black and Indigenous bodies for centuries, while most of us stand complicit. However, this moment is unique, as social rupture joins in force with a global pandemic and financial crisis – both of which are devastating Black, Indigenous and POC communities at disparate rates. This moment will be pivotal and how we act will have profound implications.
At SOWA, as we grieve and reach out to each other, we are called once more to fully engage in both self-work and organizational work. Both are critically important, and we are reminded of just how much work there is left to do. We must return to our commitments continuously. We must fight for liberation for ourselves, our communities, and the young people we are so deeply invested in.
Over the coming days, we will offer anti-racist resources on our social media and ELO Response Slack site for expanded learning programs, youth workers, and all of us as individuals. We welcome you to share additional resources on our Slack site as well.
For our Black, Indigenous and POC colleagues, friends, and family – we stand up with you and for you. We will not be silent. To our white allies and co-conspirators – we walk alongside you as we hold each other accountable to the part we all play in these injustices and the ways in which we can and must push against our own discomfort and privilege. We will not let this moment pass without reflection, listening, and action.
Thank you to every person in our community who has dedicated their career, heart, and soul to Black youth and youth of color. It is for them that we must act.
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