It’s heartening to see multiple Black Lives Matter solidarity actions happening in our community this week and planned for this weekend. Let's keep it up!
Here are 2 chances to show up on Sunday, June 7th:
1pm Inverness Park to PRS
Meet at IP Market and march to PRS
Meet at the St. Columba's parking lot and walk to the Shipwreck
**Bring your masks, signs, and friends/family of all ages.
**All are welcome and we will be social distancing at 6FT for safety.
**If you plan to march, bring water and wear walking shoes.
Not sure about participating?
Many of us have the same reservations about taking physical action. These 4 points from SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) may help you see another perspective, or help you convince someone else to ultimately join-in. And if protesting is not for you, give as generously as possible to m4bl.org, which supports multiple leading Movement For Black Lives organizations on the front lines.
Inoculating Ourselves Against Inaction
If you are white, you may be asking, "Who are we as white folks to take action?" In fact, POC have been asking us to focus on getting our people for over 50 years-out of SNCC, Black Liberation Movement and they are asking now: “what are the white folks doing while we die?” Our part is to engage and move more white folks to break white silence and be visible. As white people, our liberation from economic, gender, and disability oppression is at stake here as well.
It’s dangerous right now because of covid. Why go out to protest and potentially get more people sick? There are ways to protest visibly and safely. We will take every precaution on Sunday, our numbers are small and we are fortunate to have space to spread out. In some SURJ cities people are doing car caravans, bike caravans, socially distanced vigils, protests, phone zaps and more. In Louisville this past Friday, folks stood six feet apart on the mayor’s office steps to protest the brutal murder of Breonna Taylor by police there. They wore masks, and stayed apart. In the rural west, caravans are one big way folks are showing up and demonstrating. People in Oregon are going to the Tyson plant in Wallula that is hiding a COVID outbreak despite multiple workers dying, and there are protests demanding the Oregon State Prison release everyone.
We need time to organize something good, and this weekend is way too soon. This is NOT about the perfect event. This is NOT about hours of planning meetings. This is about finding the thing you and your friends are going to do next week, and inviting others to join you. Make your sign, let others know where to meet you. Do it. Show Up. End white silence.
I do not want to be part of something where people are angry and some are destroying property. That is not for me. The system of profit for the few honors property above all else. Ours will be a peaceful action. We are not encouraging destruction of property, AND we believe the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery, Tony McDade, and countless others who have died at hands of police or white supremacists are more important than property. Their lives are more important than the fear of the anger that might keep us home. You can leave any situation if you do not feel right being there. But be there.
Are you IN? What To Do Now:
Personally invite your friends. The intent with this action is to call in all in our circles to commit to dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy in defense of Black lives—even those you think may not be interested. Just by making them aware of your own interest, you are taking action."