Statement of the Better Future Project Board of Directors on Racial Justice
8 June 2020
We write as members of the Board of the Better Future Project. The events of recent days have compelled us to raise our collective voice. Ongoing violence against Black people in this country at the hands of the police and other institutions of the state is intolerable, to its victims and to us. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, following those of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and many many others—require a collective uprising of refusal. Police riots, militarized occupation of urban communities, and escalation by the Administration must end. It is especially unbearable that these murders have occurred as coronavirus is disproportionately targeting Black Americans, who are already suffering and grieving. And that these attacks come while the plague of unemployment and economic collapse also hits with disparate impact.
We raise our voices to say enough is enough. Centuries of exploitation, enslavement, colonial and domestic domination and oppression are enough. When the first era of U.S. enslavement was ended by the Civil War, another form of enslavement began, which has not yet ended. As we approach Juneteenth, we dedicate ourselves to ending it. It’s time for criminal justice reform, social and economic equity and justice to Black Americans. It’s time for reparations. It’s time for true equality.
Achieving social and racial justice is at the core of the climate struggle. It gives our movement vitality and strength. Today we recommit to continue and enhance the work of Better Future Project for racial justice, as we work with others to address prison divestment, risks to frontline communities, and climate solutions, such as the Green New Deal, that center the well-being of Black and Brown communities. We pledge ongoing interrogation of our organizational practice. And we affirm our view that to have a “better future” it must be one in which Black Lives Matter.