Because Black Lives Matter
Like so many of you, the staff and board of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project have been alternately horrified, angry, and bereft at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many other Black people in Washington State and across the United States. Despite our work in an immigration system that is also permeated by White supremacy, we have been struck anew by the glaring, systemic racial inequities that both police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic have once again laid bare so vividly in the past weeks and months.
We stand in solidarity with Black communities in the fight against systemic racism, anti-Blackness, and police brutality. Unequivocally. And we are fierce in our determination to continue standing with Black people and investing in their liberation until true peace with justice has been won. Today NWIRP is proud to join over 450 immigrant rights organizations across the United States in issuing this statement of solidarity with Black communities.
After 36 years of fighting for human rights within an immigration system infused with structural racism, NWIRP staff and board know all too intimately that the journey to racial equality still lies rocky before us all. But we know, too, that Black people in this country have been fighting hundreds of years longer than we against the relentless cruelty and selfishness of White supremacy. We are humbled and honored to fight alongside this movement.
In coming weeks and months and years ahead, we at NWIRP will continue to work for human dignity in the courts and in our communities, but we will also be continuing our efforts to become a wholly anti-racist organization – a goal we know to be not an endpoint, but a journey in and of itself. Anti-Blackness exists within the immigrant rights movement, and we are committed to looking at ourselves as well as others in the fight to eradicate racism.
We know that this work is difficult. We are inspired by the bravery of our Black siblings and of all those standing up for racial justice today to continue. We know this work is critical, and we go forward into it with glad and willing hearts. Because Black Lives Matter.