Statement of Values
“My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.”
Huey P. Newton
Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Natasha McKenna, Oscar Grant, Rekia Boyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Pearlie Golden, Eric Garner, India Beaty, and the many more names we must never forget.
Countless members of our collective communities have been killed as a result of police brutality and racial violence. We denounce white supremacy and any acts of violence. We believe in freedom and justice for all who call America home, and all who visit this great nation. We believe in the right to peacefully protest, freedom of speech, the right to control our economic freedom, and the right to live life free from fear, harassment, and inequity.
All people, especially People of Color, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We contend that to this point in U.S. history, these rights have not been upheld for all people, and we can no longer accept the imbalance of power that disenfranchises so many people in terms of criminal justice, sentencing, education, and socioeconomic standing.