Immigrant Rights Advocates Demand Justice For George Floyd And An End To The Killing Of Black People At The Hand Of The State
James Baldwin: "What is it you want me to reconcile myself to? I was born here almost sixty years ago. I'm not going to live another sixty years. You always told me it takes time. It has taken my father's time, my mother's time. My uncle's time. My brother's and sister's time. My niece's and my nephew's time.
“How much time do you want for your 'progress'?"
Newark, New Jersey-- (Monday, June 1st, 2020) In response to the national protests in cities across the country demanding justice and accountability for the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Armaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people unjustly killed, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice released the following statement.
The statement can be attributed to Maneesha Kelker, Interim Director of the New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice.
“There is little left to be said and much still to be done with addressing the use of excessive police force in Black and Brown communities. George Floyd, Tony McDade, Armaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor were murdered unjustly by police officers or murdered by local vigilantes while law enforcement took little to no action to hold the culprits accountable. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, who still await some form of justice, something Black communities have long called for: prosecution and accountability of officers that use unnecessary violence and extrajudicial killings.
“Our nation aspires to end racism and yet we still continue to see the dehumanization of Black Americans after decades of calls for justice, in particular for accountability for excessive violence at the hands of law enforcement. It is not enough to say to protestors ‘your voice has been heard’ when generations of communities are left without mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. Local leadership must show that they are committed to carrying out justice and protecting Black communities.
“We stand in solidarity with the protesters and call for immediate action that will see the full prosecution and accountability of police officers who use excessive force.”