Black. Lives. Matter. Full stop. Santa Cruz Indivisible stands by the voices, the people, and the leaders of this movement. Although this is not a new issue and many black communities and people have lived under the suppression of a white dominated and controlled society since this country was taken from the Indigenous people that were here before the first settlers arrived it has come to a boiling point after the police murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. For many white people they are coming to the realization of what their white privilege means and what it's like to be a black person in today's America this has shed a new light and brought new perspectives to race in this country.
Santa Cruz Indivisible is committed to doing the work and supporting our community members in Santa Cruz and beyond to help create long lasting change through political advocacy, allyship, partnership, and dedication to not giving up on the vision of the America that we all want.
This allyship starts with educating yourself and talking to those in your life about race and about how we all play a part in the system of racial oppression. Our incredible friends at Bookshop Santa Cruz have put together a wonderful reading list of books on the subject of race highlighting black voices. There is also this great list of resource on anti-racism. Petitions, donations, and protest info.Check in with the people in your life and familiarize yourself with local organizations doing anti-racist work. Here in Santa Cruz there are many groups doing this type of work. Here are just a few: https://sccccor.org/ http://naacpsantacruz.com/ https://rcnv.org/ https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/ (check out the SC chapter). Follow and support people that are doing the work.
Listen. Listen to what others have to say. Listen to their experiences, listen to how that experience has changed them. Listen and use that to help support that person in the future. Build trust, be an ally and friend.
Honor and support George Floyd use #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter when discussing and sharing content online so that the story can stay on top of the news cycle.
In addition to protesting we must also work to uplift the unheard voices by supporting state and federal elections. If we do not have the representation we need then we cannot create the changes in legislation to change the system.
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