Stand In Solidarity
Compassionate SC stands with all those in South Carolina and the world who are ready for change. Last week, America reached the grim milestone of 110,000 lives stolen by the coronavirus. George Floyd’s breath was stolen by another virus; systemic racism and racist police violence. Today we acknowledge the murder of George Floyd and the mark that he has left on the world. We also recognize that this is not simply one tragic act of violence, but representative of the broader racism and systemic violence against Black people in America.
People are rightfully angry with these injustices. We stand in solidarity with the racial equality movement and Black Lives Matter is the Minimum.
Black lives are precious
Black lives are worthy
Black lives are beloved
Black lives are equal
The wide-ranging nature and diversity represented in the We Can’t Breathe movement are the seeds of a better world and how the majority of people want to live. It is no longer good enough to portray everyone as equals and to love thy neighbors as we love ourselves. Community leaders, businesses, and groups throughout the Nation must step out of their comfort zones and take action to correct the social injustices of racism that existed in the past and still exist today.
In recent decades, Black people have been the targets of an ill-conceived “war on drugs” that has torn apart Black families and has needlessly put hundreds of thousands of Black people behind bars. The ACLU’s new report on disproportionate enforcement of marijuana laws sheds light on these disparities. Our health care system also continues to fail Black families. The Century Foundation’s research has shown that the pervasive impacts of racism must be included in health reform efforts. Black people have additionally been dying in disproportionately large numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. John Hopkins experts explain that certain risk factors such as living in overcrowded conditions, inconsistent access to healthcare, and working in essential fields may contribute to these devastating effects. These racist cultures must also change.
As a patient advocacy non-profit organization, Compassionate SC is looking internally at our own house and identifying how we can do a better job of supporting our Black patients, Black leaders, Black colleagues, Black small business owners, and the Black communities at large. Compassionate SC will be working toward becoming a stronger anti-racist organization. We know we have work to do, and we are committed to doing it.
This moment demands that each of us—especially those of us who are not Black, to act with great urgency in defense of Black lives, to support the work of ending police brutality and white supremacy, and to bring forth a new normal in which Black people are truly free and liberated. Below is information to familiarize yourself with and groups (descriptions from their websites) you may consider supporting:
- The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. https://eji.org/
- Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is organized as a nonprofit organization with corporate offices based in Orlando Florida. The organization is structured as a 501c3 with a full Executive Team and Board of Directors who support the organization’s overall goals and strategic direction. The organization was established in May 2016 and currently has 27 state directors throughout the country including a Northern California chapter based in Oakland. M4MM’s mission is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry. https://minorities4medicalmarijuana.org
- Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant. Learn more at www.nationalbailout.org.
- The Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund to help address the needs of Black and Brown communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Their mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization, and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation. www.knowyourrightscamp.com/covid19
This is not a short term fight, it is a long haul that is well worth the efforts. As a moral imperative, the changes of the We Can’t Breathe movement is inspiring and will require consistent focus. We start that work today and will help create the new normal for us all and future generations to come.