Racial justice for Black lives is long-overdue in our country and all over the world. Being in solidarity requires that we all do our part to stand up against systemic injustice and recognize that our struggles for justice, both for Black communities and migrants, are interconnected.
Today, we at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, honor the life of George Floyd and the lives of Black individuals killed by police. As we witnessed his emotional celebration of life take place on Tuesday in Houston, Texas, we are reminded of our shared humanity and collective struggle. We intimately know the pain and trauma of families being denied truth and justice as consequence of this country’s failure to recognize the dignity and humanity of Black, Brown and Indigenous people.
Here is the truth. George Floyd’s life mattered. Black lives matter. Trans Black lives matter. Black immigrant lives matter. And that is why in the midst of worldwide protests condemning systemic violence against Black lives, we at the Colibrí Center for Human Rights support protester’s demands for a right to live and to demand justice for Black lives everywhere. We can only hope this leads to further action and positive change.
As a staff, we have been deeply reflecting on how we can meaningfully support each other and specifically Black communities during this time. As a start, we will use our various communication platforms to support and amplify the voices of those at the forefront of this movement. Additionally, we will share recommended #BlackLivesMatter and anti-racist resources. Lastly, we also encourage everyone to give their financial support or time to organizations and organizers advocating for Black racial justice.
Please consider giving to the following crowdsourcing fundraisers or organizations:
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Official Gianna Floyd Fund (George Floyd’s Child)
- Black Lives Matter
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Community Justice Exchange
In closing, just as we refuse to forget the lives of countless migrants who have died or disappeared attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, we also bear witness to the unjust loss of Black lives and keep their memories alive with us and ever-present in our work.
Now and forever, we honor their lives.
Rest in Power. Rest in Peace.
George Floyd (1973-2020)
Ahmaud Arbery (1995-2020)
Breonna Taylor (1993-2020)
Tony McDade (1982-2020)
Regis Korchinski-Paquet (1991-2020)
Dominique Clayton (1987-2019)
Atatiana Jefferson (1991-2019)
Botham Jean (1992-2018)
Philando Castille (1984-2016)
Adama Traoré (1992-2016)
Freddie Gray (1990-2015)
Sandra Bland (1987-2015)
Bettie Jones (1960-2015)
Walter Scott (1965-2015)
Natasha McKenna (1987-2015)
Eric Garner (1970-2014)
Akai Gurley (1986-2014)
Tamir Rice (2002-2014)
Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
Abdirahman Abdi (1972-2009)
… and the many other lives that have been lost to police violence.
Colibrí Center for Human Rights