by Lee Nackman
The North Carolina Democratic Party Auxiliaries and Caucuses join in unity to condemn the horrific and senseless murder of George Floyd, at the hands of a white Minneapolis Police Officer, while other officers stood by doing nothing. We also condemn the ongoing harassment and violence inflicted on black and brown lives, LGBTQ lives, union organizers, veterans, and religious minorities, across this country, including here in North Carolina.
We’ve watched, first in disbelief, but now in horror and disgust, as we and our siblings of color are attacked, beaten, and murdered by those who are supposed to protect and defend us. Attacked by others filled with hate, emboldened by a President whose words have encouraged the violence. Murdered by the gun-toting “militia” threatening us, shouting that people of color should “go back to where you came from”, and inciting persecution of our African-American community, our Native American community, our Hispanic/Latinx community, our American Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, our LGBTQ+ community, our Jewish community, and our Muslim community. Harassment and name calling have regressed to assault, bombings and murder.
In 2020, at least 12 Transgender Women and Men, most Black and other people of color, have been murdered.
The President’s inflammatory words, such as calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus,” have incited threats and harassment of our AAPI community, even against children. A family of three, including 3- and 6-year-old children, were stabbed in Midlands, Texas.
As reported by the CDC through 2019, our Native American community has the 2nd highest death rate caused by police encounters, followed by our Hispanic/Latinx community. In words and actions, the current Administration demonizes our Hispanic/Latinx communities with immigration policies that separate mothers from their children, puts children in cages, deports Hispanic/Latinx Veterans, ignores unsanitary and unhealthy conditions in their detention centers and denies our Dreamers protections and a pathway to citizenship.
Anti-Muslim and Anti-Semitic incidents and attacks are increasing dramatically. These acts of violence are encouraged by the rhetoric and hate speech that emanates from leaders at the highest levels. Instead of calming the waters through empathetic leadership, they fan the flames of hate.
Let us remember George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade (Black Trans Man), Monika Diamond (Trans Black Woman from Charlotte), Andre Pablo and Jordan Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, plus 19 other Hispanic/Latinx people shot during the massacre in El Paso, Texas, and so many others across all marginalized communities. We will continue to work work in solidarity to end institutional racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism.
Let us also remember the vast contributions to our country of immigrants, organized Labor and our nation’s Veterans, as we work in solidarity to end suppression of labor unions and to care for our nation’s Veterans.
We echo the previous statements made by North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Wayne Goodwin, and African-American Caucus Chairwoman, Felita Donnell, that, “Only through sustained activism and progress will we be able to heal these deep wounds and build a country where all people are treated as equal. As long as black men and women are unsafe in our communities, the NCDP will continue to stand alongside them in the struggle for justice.”
We add to their statements the Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ, AAPI, Jewish-American, and Muslim- American communities, Labor Organizers, and our Veterans.
The NCDP Auxiliaries and Caucuses, Stand Together in Solidarity for Freedom, Equality, Equity, and our inalienable right, provided in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Liberty and Justice for All! Libertad y Justicia para todos!! If one of us is hurt, we are all hurt!
We will lift Our Voices NOW and Our VOTES in NOVEMBER!
Felita Donnell, Chair, African American Caucus – NCDP – aac-ncdp.org
Gracie Galloway, Chair, AAPI Caucus of the NCDP – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarrett Patrick, President, CollegeDemocrats – email@example.com
Julia Buckner, President, Democratic Women of NC – Buckner.firstname.lastname@example.org / democraticwomenofnc.org
David Salazar, President, Hispanic American Caucus of NC – email@example.com
Randolph Voller, President, Labor Caucus of NCDP – NCLaborCaucus@gmail.com
Ginger Walker, President, LGBTQ Democrats of NC – firstname.lastname@example.org / lgbtqdemocrats.org
Crystal Cavalier, President, Native American Caucus – email@example.com
Lee R. Nackman, President, Progressive Caucus of NCDP – firstname.lastname@example.org / pcncdp.org
Tom Rothrock, President, NC Senior Democrats – Trothrock1@gmail.com / NCSeniorDemocrat.com
Janice Covington Allison, Chair, Transgender Political Caucus – email@example.com
Wendy May, Chair, Veterans and Military Families Caucus – firstname.lastname@example.org
DeVonte Wilson, President, Young Democrats of NC – email@example.com / ydnc.org