#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

Woodhull Freedom Foundation stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The outpouring of grief and rage throughout this nation, led by Black Lives Matter, is in this moment a response to the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers.

But this didn’t begin with George Floyd. The grief and rage of Black Americans began more than 400 years ago in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia.

The rage is for enslaved people who had children ripped from them, for enslaved people who were chained, beaten, hung and burned. The rage is for black men who were lynched for looking at a white woman. The rage is for black women who were raped because their Masters could do it with impunity.

It may no longer be a noose, but whether by a gun or a knee or beatings to death, the lynching of black men has not ended. The sexual debasement of black women has not ended. Slave houses may no longer exist, but prisons do with a national ratio of imprisonment for black people at five times higher than that of white people.

The “Liberty and Justice for All” clarion call of our Declaration of Independence did not include black people. The original Constitution of the United States did not count black people as full humans.

This didn’t begin with George Floyd’s murder and it will not end until all white people of conscience hold themselves accountable for the brutal history and the ongoing perpetuation of racism in America.

We must raise our voices in solidarity. We must march and protest in solidarity. We must vote racists out of office.

We must offer comfort and material support as we are able to those in fear for their lives by a knee, a gun or the inequity of COVID 19 and its devastation of communities of color.

Woodhull is dedicated to the fundamental Human Rights of all people to safety, to family, to work, to sexual freedom. We stand with Black Lives Matter in their pursuit of justice and dignity, of safety, of family, of work and sexual freedom.

We offer our social platform to Black Lives Matter for comments and promotions. We have made a $1000 donation to their national organization and we ask that our members and donors give as generously as possible to local organizing efforts and Black organizations. (see the list below our signatures)

With Respect and in Solidarity,

The Woodhull Freedom Foundation Board of Directors.
Ben Beanvidea
Ted Bernhardt
Hardy Haberman
Ricci Levy
Monica Simpson
Carmen Vázquez

To donate to the Black Lives Matter movement, click here. To donate to the Black Trans Travel Fund, a mutual-aid fund developed for the purpose of providing Black trans women transportation, click here. To donate to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which defends the rights of journalists, click here. To donate to The Conscious Kid, an organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth, click here. To donate to G.L.I.T.S., an organization currently raising funds to provide housing for Black trans people recently released from Rikers Island, click here. To donate to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization working toward the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities, click here. To donate to Unicorn Riot, a decentralized organization of artists and journalists, click here

Bail/Bond Support: For a list of bail funds and legal assistance by city, click here. To split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers, click here. To donate to the Emergency Release Fund, which bails out trans and gender-nonconforming folks, click here. To donate to National Bail Out, a collective that bails out Black mothers, click here.  

 

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