Martinez Street Women’s Center Family,
We are grieving. We are angry. We stand in defense of Black lives.
We mourn the violent murders of David McAtee, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and countless others that have awakened massive global movements for Black liberation and justice. Here in San Antonio, in our own communities and among families we serve, we’ve seen the brutality and violence firsthand. We seek justice for the lives of Charles Roundree Jr., Marquise Jones, and Antronie Scott. The loss and dehumanization of Black lives at the hands of police brutality, racist violence, and white supremacy is detrimental to the youth, women and LGBTQIA+ community we stand with and work alongside. We seek accountability and justice from SAPD, our City Council Members, and our Mayor. Furthermore, we ask that all San Antonio school districts stand for justice and remove officers from schools. We are angry that Black lives continue to face violence at the hands of those who claim to protect and serve us. We are angry that those standing for justice in the streets are being met with violence, agitation, and vilification from law enforcement, media, and this country’s current administration. And we are angry that our communities are living in fear of the police during a global pandemic.
As an organization whose work is rooted in the liberation of Women of Color, we denounce white supremacy demanding justice for every Black life and spirit brutalized by generations of systemic oppression. We will engage in conversations and actionable steps with our community, partners, and local officials that dismantle these systems that have harmed our Black communities. We commit to pursuing restorative and transformative practices in the areas of criminal justice, public safety, education, healthcare, food security, and the workforce.
To our Black staff, volunteers, families and community: We see you, we hear you, and we love you. We stand with you today and everyday, and commit to continue amplifying black voices and checking our bias and privilege.
To our non-Black people of color and Indigenous staff, volunteers, families, and community: We acknowledge that the systems that force assimilation onto our communities through racial mobility are the same systems that kill black lives. We call on you to continue to address white supremacy in your own mindsets, in your homes, and in your communities and to strengthen solidarity with the Black community.
To our LGBTQIA+ staff, volunteers, families and community: We honor and commemorate the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson, a Black Trans activist, who championed the movement that we now celebrate as PRIDE month, recognizing that PRIDE stemmed from the Stonewall Riots against police brutality, homophobia, and transphobia. We must make known that when we say Black Lives Matter we mean ALL Black Lives including those in the LGBTQIA+ community. We see you and we love you.
To our white staff, volunteers, families, and community: We call on you to remain committed to being anti-racist everyday. Our Black communities need your vocal support, your financial resources, and your physical presence. Stand up, speak up, denounce and dismantle white supremacy. Center your response around the needs and voices of Black thinkers and organizers and follow their lead.
As an organization, Martinez Street Women’s Center proudly states today, and everyday, that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Urge our Representatives to Defund Police and Fund Communities
- What does defunding the police mean?
- How reform and anti-bias training wasn’t enough to stop George Floyd’s Murder
- Current City Budget shows disproportionate funding of Police (SAPD is categorized as Public Safety in the pie chart)
- Lack of Accountability for SAPD Police Officers who have Murdered, Abused, and/or have a history of misconduct
- SAPD Officer Steve Cassanova not charged for the murder of Charles Roundtree
- Police Abolition: A Curated List of Links
- Handout on the Alternatives to Policing and Incarceration
Find and donate to a bail out action committee in your city
- Bexar County – Texas Organizing Project Community Bail Out Fund
- Houston — Restoring Justice Community Bail Fund
- Dallas/ Fort Worth — Luke 4:18 Bail Fund
- Dallas – The Dallas Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
- El Paso – Flianza Fund
- Fort Worth – Tarrant County Community Bail Fund
Support and donate to organizations supporting the work of the BLM movement or local black owned businesses
- Join the Movement For Black Lives at https://m4bl.org/
- Read more about #defundthepolice https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/
- Learn about the movement against policing in schools.
- Learn about digital security and surveillance https://mediajustice.org/issue/digitalsecurity/
- San Antonio Black Owned Businesses https://www.sanantoniomag.com/black-owned-businesses-to-support-in-san-antonio/
- Advocate for justice by calling your elected officials. https://www.bexar.org/1718/Texas-State-Representatives
Continue to do the personal work it takes to stand in solidarity and dismantle racism.
- White Fragility, Robin Diangelo
- How To Be an Anti Racist, Ibram X. Kendi
- Biased, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
- Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
- So You Wanna Talk About Race, Ijeoma Olou
- Raising White Kids, Jennifer Harvey