Our Response to this Moment

In this moment, Texas Appleseed reaffirms our support for a call that has been ringing out across the nation for the past several years: Black Lives Matter. 

We send love and light to those across America, marching in large waves that evoke the spirit of actions after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Protesters are raising their voices against police abuses of power that are rooted in racist policies. 

We must achieve justice for the Black men, women, queer people, trans and gender non-conforming folks, and children who have lost their lives to state violence. For the stories and names that appear on our social media feeds and the countless others that are unknown to us. 

We stand proudly in our mission to change unjust laws and policies that disproportionately affect Texans of color. We plan to continue to center our work through a racial justice lens. 

We will continue to combat unfair and predatory financial practices that disproportionately burden poor people. We will continue to urge school districts to divest from policing budgets and instead invest in resources that will allow children to thrive. We will continue to advocate for public health and fair housing responses — rather than law enforcement responses — for communities of color as they try to recover from a natural disaster and for those experiencing homelessness. We will continue to push county officials to reduce the number of people inside their jails, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues. We will continue to focus our efforts on lifting burdens that impact all vulnerable people, but we acknowledge the importance of uplifting Black lives in this moment. 

We will dream and labor alongside community partners to continually and radically reimagine what justice and public safety truly mean. 

For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For Mike Ramos. For Tony McDade. For so many people who should still be here. 

We will fight until the world honors the fact that Black lives matter in every necessary way. 

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” - Dr. Cornel West 

Justice is essential.  

June 2, 2020