ARE YOU LISTENING?
In the face of systemic racism and blatant abuses of power, we must rise to the occasion and amplify the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Especially here in the American South, we as allies, professionals and community leaders must confront and inspect our own history and identity. We must recognize that our role in the Black Lives Matter movement is one of solidarity, education, consideration, introspection, and above all, systemic change. In Fredericksburg we are committed to fighting for justice at whatever measures necessary. We stand in indelible solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, now and forever. This moment is not passing; it’s very much in the present. It’s everywhere we look. The battle continues, and we will continue fighting.
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INCLUSION AND EQUALITY
Everyone is welcome. Everyone can make a difference.
We are guided by the Principles of the Black Lives Matter Organization:
All Black Lives Matter
- We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
- We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
- We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who live in different parts of the world.
- We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.
Restorative Justice and Struggle
- We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
- We make space for transgender siblings to participate and lead. We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
- We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered and women are diminished.
- We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
- We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
- We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
- We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
- We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
Guiding Principles come from https://www.blmla.org/guiding-principles.