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We are in a time of transformation. There is such potential for change. All over this country from Ferguson to New York City to Washington—indeed, in other parts of the world—people are absolutely refusing to assent to racist state violence. Rather, we are saying that Black bodies do matter. And our work must be to continue taking to the streets and standing together against the routine actions of police and the DAs who collude with them; and continue saying, ‘No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police,’ until there is real change on the agenda for us.”
We support all of our emotions, from our bliss to our anger to our grief...We acknowledge that our uprisings are being fueled by the love we have for ourselves and one another. A love that challenges silence, repression, and death.”
...It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?...It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”
All photography provided by Naomi Ishisaka.