The recent grand jury non-indictments point to a ubiquitous travesty of American life; those with power project that power in violent ways that are often life ending. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Oscar Grant. Trayvon Martin. Ramarley Graham. Tamir Rice. Dionte Greene. Aiyana Jones. Miriam Carey. Malissa Williams. Tarika Wilson. The list could go on forever.
We are inspired and moved to action by the tens of thousands who have taken to the streets across the country, led by Black organizers and collectives. We are marching in the streets and crying out for justice because there is something tragically wrong. We agree that Black Lives Matter and that until Black members of our community are no longer disproportionately the object of this systemic violence and oppression, life in these United States should not return to normal.
We at EBASE are a team of diverse identity, culture, ethnicity, and what some call race. We are committed to be a team so that together we can fight the violence and oppression that power projects on the powerless. Every day we work to end the systemic injustice suffered by low-wage workers and people of color, and we want to declare our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
EBASE will continue our work in the new year, solidifying our commitment and purpose in this movement and moment. We will continue to stand with all those who struggle for justice “until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned.”
Servant BK Woodson, Sr.
On behalf of the EBASE staff
Photo illustration credit: Black Lives Matter Community