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Joining the Call for Justice

Submitted by: LLC Staff on Jun 4th, 2020 at 1PM PDT

At LLC our hearts are heavy, and for those of us who identify as people of color, we are exhausted. On this National Day of Mourning, we want to acknowledge and hold the pain and trauma many of you are experiencing as well. As evidenced by the murder of George Floyd and the disproportionate  COVID-19 deaths of people of color, we see that racism is killing people of color. That anti-Blackness is killing black people, attacking minds, bodies, and spirits every day.  Like you, we are pained by the murder of another Black person, saddened by the inability of some to name white supremacy, and angered by folks equating the loss of Black lives with property damage. We are both fearful of the anti-democratic and hyper militaristic response to people raising their voices, and inspired by the growing movement for justice.

LLC is proud of and heartened by the protestors who are in the streets putting their bodies on the line for Justice. We appreciate their sacrifice, their courage, and all that they risk to fight racism and injustice in this country, and in the world. Over the last several days we have heard comments dismissive of protest, mostly along the lines of “protest is good, but these folks need to vote.” Historically, expansions of freedom go hand in hand with protest, the insistent and vocal demand for more. 

Disrupting the long-standing oppressive systems we have lived with is always uncomfortable. At LLC we don’t believe it makes sense to say in one breath we want change, and in the other divorce ourselves from the discomfort of the change process. We believe that throughout history, engaging in protest has been a courageous and important leadership act by people seeking to transform unjust systems. We also believe that this moment calls on all of us to honor the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and many others, by bringing the fight for justice and long term work of dismantling racism into all areas of our work. We invite all of you into this conversation with us as we ask what we as people who believe in equity centered, justice-focused leadership need to be doing to make sure that this becomes a defining moment in our struggle against racism and anti-Blackness, and in our efforts to build a liberatory future.