A statement in support of Black-led resistance to police killings and white supremacy

CLPP stands in solidarity with communities resisting the systematic killing of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color at the hands of police. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and too many others whose lives have been cut short by white supremacist violence. The present uprisings are part of a long and powerful tradition of Black-led resistance to white supremacy and the wholesale criminalization of Black people. Both the reproductive justice and the Black Lives Matter movements originate in struggles for liberation led by Black women. These women have made tremendous sacrifices to improve the conditions under which marginalized communities are forced to live. As a multiracial, POC-led organization, we know that Black women, trans, and non-binary people are harmed in unique ways by racialized violence. Honoring the foundations of our movement, we engage in racial and gender justice work that is deeply and unapologetically intersectional. As Audre Lorde said “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Taking the reproductive justice framework as our starting point, the fundamental right to bodily autonomy sits at the core of our work; all people must be free to have or not have children, and to raise children in families and communities free from any threat of violence, including state violence. Regimes of police terror designed to intimidate, coerce, control, and lynch Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color are fundamentally incompatible with reproductive justice, and the path to our collective liberation. We therefore commit to an expansive and actively abolitionist vision of reproductive justice rooted in the leadership and lived experiences of Black women, trans, and non-binary people. We have committed to an explicitly anti-racist, anti-white supremacy framework for our core values and our approach to our work. We believe in a world free of police and prisons, one in which community-based support and accountability mechanisms replace punitive, state-sanctioned violence. Reproductive justice demands a society in which all people have control over their own bodies and are able to live without fear of physical and emotional harm. For nearly 40 years, CLPP has sought to help realize this vision in a manner which centers the leadership of people of color and youth voices, lifting up those on the frontlines of intersectional struggles for collective liberation. We know a different world is possible, and we are committed to building that world alongside our communities. We invite you to share your commitment to the Movement for Black Lives, and how it is linked to your commitment to advancing reproductive justice, by joining the #RJ4BlackLives call to action. This weekend, we observe Juneteenth because it marks the date when we knew we all could be free. Learn about the significance and history of the day, get involved, invest in and support Black-led organizations, and share these actions with your family and community. In love, rage, and solidarity, The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) staff and board

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