Many of us are part of this movement because we see climate change as a social justice issue. We’re fighting for a clean energy economy because we know that the use of fossil fuels has devastating consequences for people already facing economic and racial injustice -- especially communities of color here in the US and around the world. From poisoned air to polluted water, from droughts to flooding to extreme storms, communities of color are hit first and hit hardest.
But to truly stand in solidarity with the communities most impacted by fossil fuel use and global warming, we need to do more than demand action on climate change: we need to confront the other types of oppression and injustice that affect communities of color. When people of color are beaten or killed by the police, we have an obligation to speak out.
At the 350 Mass campaign summit a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to share our core values with one another, and compassion and solidarity came up again and again. Putting those values into practice means fighting to end structural racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people and other people of color.
We write today to urge members of the Better Future Project / 350 Mass community to show solidarity with those protesting the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man, at the hands of the Baltimore Police Department. There are multiple events happening over the next few weeks, including:
#StayWoke: From Baltimore to Boston Rally for Change. Saturday, May 2, 1pm – 3pm. Mattapan Square, Mattapan, Boston.
Our Jobs. Our Truths. Our Lives. Wednesday, May 20, 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Park Street Station, Tremont Street, Boston.
If you know of other events happening in your area, please let us know so that we can help spread the word! You can also check the Ferguson Response and Ferguson Action websites for up-to-date listings of local events.
There are also plenty of other ways to show support, including financial contributions: the legal and bail fund created by Bmore United, a coalition of Baltimore community organizations, is one option for those interested in making a donation.
Our commitment to solidarity should not be limited to a single event or a single crisis. As a community, we need to continue to find ways to stand with other movements and integrate social, racial, and economic justice into everything we do. If you have thoughts or suggestions for how to do that, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!