Friday, June 19, 2020

SJLC Stands in Solidarity with Those Fighting Government-Sanctioned Violence Against our Black Communities and Speaking Out in Favor of Comprehensive Police Reforms

JUNETEENTH, 2020 - The Social Justice Law Collective (SJLC) and its member attorneys condemn the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black people who have been victims of police violence and racist oppression, and join with the growing movement calling for systematic reforms in policing, housing, and other social service areas for which Black communities have long been denied equal access and treatment.  As we deeply mourn these deaths, we recognize that they are only the most recent examples of a deeper current of racialized police brutality that pervades our law enforcement institutions and which has existed since their inception.  We stand in solidarity with those fighting oppression and unequivocally join them in stating that Black Lives Matter.

We also condemn the brutal and violent tactics that militarized police forces around the country have used against demonstrators seeking to have their voices heard.  We’ve seen protesters beaten, pepper sprayed, tear gassed, and in some cases shot and killed.  We stand in solidarity with them as well, and with everyone working to correct our nation’s legacy of systemic racism.  We also wholeheartedly support the removal of government-sponsored statues, flags, and other monuments that glorify historical proponents and symbols of slavery, and which have long stood in the way of the healing that is so desperately needed.  

The Social Justice Law Collective strives to dismantle modern forms of racist oppression such as the prison industrial complex, the criminalization of poverty, and systemic discrimination in housing, employment, and in places of public accommodation.  We are dedicated to working with and supporting people who have been victims of violence, discrimination, and the harsh criminal justice policies that have led to mass incarceration.  Our litigation and advocacy is just one form of resistance to these modern-day tools of oppression.

As we mourn the needless death and violence, we are encouraged by the many people taking to the streets demanding justice.  We hope this critical moment marks a shift toward true systemic change.  In the meantime, we will keep fighting for our clients and communities, lifting up their voices during this struggle.

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