Learn how you can engage, learn, and give to support Black Lives.
Dear Center Community,
I am writing you again today with a broken heart that continues to break for the deep pain that is being felt in and for the Black community throughout the country. In response to the tragic loss of Black lives, protests have been launched in most major U.S. cities, including right here in La Mesa and San Diego. Clashes between protestors and police are resulting in violence, injuries, loss of property, arrests, and worse. People from all walks of life, all races, all ages are coming together to unequivocally say that Black Lives Matter. The Center stands in solidarity with those who are protesting and understand fully when enough becomes enough, as it did for the LGBTQ community.
Today, June 1st is the start of LGBTQ Pride Month. Commemorated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which the LGBTQ community were commonly subjected. Fifty-one years ago, instead of running, a crowd led by Black and brown drag queens and transgender people fought back. Six nights of rioting followed, and sparked a civil rights movement to replace public shame with collective pride.
As the LGBTQ community stood up in 1969, it is incumbent on us to stand with the Black community now. As I stated in past Friday’s E-news, when unarmed Black lives are taken in violence and people exercise their Constitutional right to protest, it is painful to see the disparity in treatment of protesters. When tear gas and rubber bullets are used against Black Lives Matter protesters, while armed white protesters storm government buildings with impunity, we see that all lives are not treated equally. We must stand up together against these atrocities, the system that protects white lives while devaluing Black lives, and with our collective voice continue to say that Black Lives Matter. Read The Center’s full statement here from Friday, May 29 E-news and see below for how you can engage, learn, and give to support Black Lives.
-Caroline (Cara) Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Chief Executive Officer - The Center