Colleague - comrade - compx:
: We stand with those who are protesting.
: We stand with those who can’t join the protests but want to.
: We stand with organizers.
: We stand with our Black families and communities.
We stand steadfast in our belief in and support of actions and expressions of rage and grief. We stand steadfast in our belief in and support of long term organizing and building institutions led by those most impacted by oppression and injustice. We stand steadfast in our belief in and support of movement building that envisions and enacts new ways of being and new ways of challenging anti-Blackness and white supremacist culture at an individual and organizational level. These beliefs are more critical in this moment than they have ever been; when the weapons of the state are being used to murder and silence Black lives, when Indigenous lives are destroyed for oil and profit, when immigrants are kept in cages, when Black trans women and men are brutally killed, when Asian-Americans are attacked and scapegoated for the Corona virus. The direction of our work has not changed, it has just become more urgent.
Increased unemployment assistance is no longer the goal, universal basic income is. Rent remediation is no longer the goal, cancelling the rent is. Police accountability is no longer the goal, police abolition is. Let’s find deeper ways to engage with each other, with our communities, and with our work. Let’s find ways to transform these moments of protest and consciousness into long term capacity to organize for audacious demands. To meet the moment, our campaigns need to shift from short term, small incremental change to bold structural transformation.
We love each of you who have been part of our network, of our community, of our home. We are with you to grieve, to rage, to strategize, and to build. You carry us forward as we find our way to be of most use at this time. Continue to be with us. Since Covid 19 we have been experimenting with different ways to hold space where appropriate, and to support others where we can. Join us when it feels right and possible. Call on us when you need to. Challenge us to do more/better when we need to.
Keep fighting. Keep struggling. Keep feeling. Keep taking care of yourselves. We see you.
~ Movement Matters