Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Black Lives Matter: Bisexual Community Demands Change After Ferguson & New York

Media Advisory

Date: 9 December 2014
Contact: 1-800-585-9368

Black Lives Matter: graffiti Kalamazoo MI
The Board of BiNet USA and a number of other prominent American Bisexual Groups including: The BiCast, the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable (BLR), and the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) have joined forces with over forty other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations from across the USA in stating their solidarity with Civil Rights Groups and Activists in demanding change after the recent deaths of a number of black people at the hands of American law enforcement.

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom
Words cannot begin to describe the depth of feeling we all share about the unfolding tragedies in Ferguson and New York City. Words cannot relieve the suffering of Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s loved ones nor can words alone salve the pain nor quell the anger of millions. It’s action we need and we need it now.

As LGBTQ national organizations, we proudly stand in solidarity with the civil rights organizations and local activists — including the actions of an amazing, fierce, brilliant cadre of youth leaders, many of whom are queer identified — in demanding fundamental systemic change that tackles the root causes of racial and economic injustices once and for all. From political accountability for the deaths of Michael and Eric to the immediate passage of federal legislation that completely bans racial profiling across this land to ensuring that local police departments are representative and fair arbiters of safety and protection for everyone and who — through their actions — are continually working to earn the trust, confidence and respect of the entire community.

We too must speak louder than words and take more action — to change more hearts and minds and fight even harder for the policies and practices that make statements such as this one obsolete.

We urge you to:

  • Join the March Against Police Violence in Washington, called by the National Action Network, on Saturday December 13th, 10:30am;
  • Organize and participate in peaceful protests in cities across the nation;
  • Attend public meetings in your city or town to show your support or share your experience with elected officials; and
  • Create your own actions for change in person and online — at home, at school, at work, in the corridors of power, and in places of worship.
  • Everyone, everywhere in our nation can do more to end racism and racial injustice. Everyone, from the Department of Justice that must do more to deliver justice for the Brown and Garner families to the high school principal who could do more to engage and educate students about racism and the need for justice

    Even those of us who have devoted our lives to this cause need to redouble our efforts to reach out to more people — including those people who are on the wrong side of this issue.

    If we as a nation are to end racism and racial injustice once and for all, everyone must be part of an ongoing and sustainable process of change — a process that builds on all the progress we’ve made, a process that aims to recruit everyone, and a process with the specific mission of delivering lived equality, justice, and freedom for all.

    American Civil Liberties Union
    Believe Out Loud
    Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT
    The BiCast
    BiNet USA
    Bisexual Organizing Project
    Bisexual Leadership Roundtable
    Bisexual Resource Center
    Campus Pride
    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
    Center For Black Equity
    Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
    Equality Federation
    Family Equality Council
    The Fellowship Global (Pastor Joseph Tolton)
    The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (Bishop Yvette Flunder)
    Freedom to Marry
    Gay Men’s Health Crisis
    Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
    GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
    Harvey Milk Foundation
    Higher Education T* Circle Advisory Board
    Human Rights Campaign
    International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
    Lambda Legal
    Marriage Equality USA
    More Light Presbyterians
    National Black Justice Coalition
    National Center for Lesbian Rights
    National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
    National LGBTQ Task Force
    National Minority AIDS Council
    The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
    Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
    PFLAG National
    Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
    The Pride Network
    Reconciling Ministries Network
    SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)
    Trans People of Color Coalition
    The Trevor Project

    Founded in 1990, BiNet USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating for Bisexual Communities in the USA.  For more information, please visit us on the Web at:
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    Tags: Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter, BiNet USA, Bisexuality, Bisexuals, Bisexual, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, March Against Police Violence, National Action Network, Black, African American, People of Color

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