FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from the Racial Equity Coalition
December 19, 2016
Contact: Marissa Luna, 989-798-3051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups Vow to Stand Up to White Supremacists and Racism
Condemn fear and hate under Trump administration
MICHIGAN – The organizations listed below have released the following statement condemning fear, hate, and racism under the Trump administration and vowing to continue working to end racism and oppression in Michigan and America:
“Every human being should be treated with dignity, respect, and given an equitable opportunity to succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, class, or faith and religious affiliation.
We recognize that this work is more important now than ever as Trump and his appointed white supremacists prepare to take control of the White House and give fuel to racist people across the country who continue to commit deplorable acts of violence against people of color. Violence that is evidenced by the inhumane treatment of water protectors in Standing Rock, Black and Latino schoolchildren being verbally and physically harassed by their peers in schools around Michigan, and Muslim people facing hate speech and direct threats on their lives.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that, ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ It’s not too late to grab the wheel and change our state and country’s course – something we can only do if we band together, not just people of color, but also our white allies.
We will fight all attempts to proliferate racism, discrimination, and violence against people of color in our communities. We demand that our elected leaders publicly oppose and renounce racist laws that harm communities of color and work towards enacting policies that benefit us all. We demand a real democracy where every vote counts and all eligible voters are able to make their voices heard. We demand investments in the health, safety, and education of people of color instead of criminalizing, imprisoning, and harming. We demand a sustainable, community-driven economy where all working people have financial security and are able to provide a decent quality of life for themselves and their families. We will combat this climate of hate with the light of our love and passion for doing what’s right for all of our communities.”
Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network
United Hispanic Workers of Detroit
Detroit People’s Platform
NorthEnd Woodward Community Coalition
Storehouse of Hope
Pontiac Policy Council
We the People of Detroit
Michigan Student Power Network
Detroit Jews for Justice