We Firmly Stand With Black Lives Matter

We Firmly Stand With Black Lives Matter

The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and too many others have rightfully outraged us and laid bare the deeply ingrained racism that Black Americans have faced for centuries.

We stand in solidarity with everyone fighting for justice in Minnesota and across the country. We stand against the structural racism and white supremacy that is embedded in American culture and made lethal through police violence and join in collective protest for change. We stand for equality and eliminating the disparities in health, education, wealth and the criminal justice system that have left this country and our hearts broken.

As Queer Desis, we celebrate the ties among communities of color and recognize the many common challenges we share. But we also must acknowledge the persistence of anti-Black racism within South Asian communities, within our families and ourselves. These hard truths may be difficult to swallow but this recognition can be the first step in moving forward and investing in lasting change.

While our events have always been a space to escape and celebrate all things Queer and Desi, they have also been a space for activism, breaking boundaries and taking a stand against the rightward shift in U.S. politics and in several of the countries of our birth or ancestry. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our safe space has shifted online but this weekend we will not be holding our Sholay Live event. In the meantime, if you’re thinking of what you can do to support the protest movement and stand in solidarity with Black communities, we’ve gathered some resources, sites to support victims, and learning opportunities.

Racial Equity Tools
Resources designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity

Addressing South Asian Anti-Blackness
Journalist Aysha Tabassum shares her perspective on South Asian racism

Black Lives Matter: What Matters 2020
BLM’s #WhatMatters2020 is a campaign aimed to maximize the impact of the BLM movement by galvanizing supporters and allies to the polls in the 2020 Election.

Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

National Bailout
National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.

Campaign Zero
Calls on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end police violence.

Black Visions Collective
Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.

George Floyd Memorial Fund 
George Floyd’s siblings have posted GoFundMe fundraisers asking for help to pay for the family’s travel and legal expenses and to support Floyd’s children following his death.

Justice for Breonna
By signing the petition demanding justice for Breonna, you send a message to the Mayor and Louisville City Council to: address the use of force by LMPD, fire and other critical actions.

Run with Maud
Demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery. Each signature added will send a letter to officials who have the power to make a difference in this case.

Posted: June 4th, 2020
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