Statement of Solidarity in Response to the Killing of George Floyd

In response to the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery the DAA releases the following statement of solidarity.

We stand in solidarity with and join the many people grieving the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, whose last breaths were taken by those whose positions of authority protect them from scrutiny.

Now more than ever, we must listen to Black leaders who have fought for decades against institutional racism as they communicate their experiences.

To the white allies and supporters of this movement in the streets: Thank you. To the white rioters and agitators using the pain of this movement as cover to trash our communities: Get out. If you’re mad, if you’re distraught, if you’re angry, if you’re hurting: fight back against the system that killed George Floyd, don’t destroy our communities and neighborhoods.”

- Congresswoman Karen Bass

“While everyone is facing the battle against coronavirus, black people in America are still facing the battle against racism… and coronavirus.”

- The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah

“What do you [America] want us to do? Vote? We’ve done that. Legislate? We’ve done that. Peaceful marches? We’ve done that. Pray? We do a lot of that. What do you want us to do?”

- Prof. Cheryl Grills of Loyola Marymount University

If you want to continue to act, to be involved, and to be part of the long hard struggle to bring about permanent and lasting change in America, please join us in this fight.

Becoming anti-racist is not just a day-long, week-long, or year-long process. It is a lifelong journey. We invite you to engage in this hard work with us. Educating ourselves is a vital first part of that work. Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-racist reading list, published by the New York Times, is a great place to start in addition to books like The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, and Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis.

While voting is not the only thing we can do, it is the least we can do. In addition to volunteering and donating to organizations whose missions are centered in anti-racism, we need your help to ensure that good people are elected to represent us in office. We need your energy, your voices, and your input to elect decision-makers that will put the most vulnerable in our communities first. Together, we can work to build a more just, equitable future.

In solidarity,

Executive Board,

Democratic Alliance for Action

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