Washington D.C. – Today, on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Movement for Black Lives’ Black National Convention, LCV issued the following statement from Chief Officer for Racial Justice and Equity Leslie R. Hinkson in support of the movement for Black lives and the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and other partners who continue to lead this fight.
“When Kenosha police brutally shot Jacob Blake and armed vigilantes killed protesters supporting Black lives, our nation was, once again, confronted with the ugly realities of systemic racism. And we know these realities are not new — 57 years ago, our civil rights heroes marched on Washington, demanding an end to the same oppression. Right now, in this moment, supporting Black lives is not just about recognizing the reality of this unabating oppression, but taking action to protect Black lives and uplift Black voices. It’s about making a commitment to dismantle the systems of oppression that harm Black people every single day.
“We can’t build the future we want to see, the future that all of us deserve, unless we take a stand for justice and equity. We are proud to support the National Action Network, the NAACP, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and other partners in this critical moment. LCV stands with the movement for Black lives and with the families who have lost loved ones at the hands of police violence.
“Environmental justice, climate justice, racial justice—these are not separate fights. They are directly connected and we have a responsibility today, on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, and every day to confront the realities of systemic racism that have plagued Black communities for centuries. ”