Standing in Solidarity with the Black Community

Legal Voice stands in solidarity with the Black community. In the midst of a global pandemic that has disproportionately taken the lives of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, last week we witnessed what has become an all-too-common horror in mainstream America: the brutal murder of a Black man by law enforcement. George Floyd's murder came on the heels of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.

We acknowledge the rage, pain, heartbreak, and generational trauma that has accumulated over hundreds of years, and the systems of power that reinforce white supremacy and anti-Blackness. And we acknowledge how we have been privileged and complicit within this very system. We vow to do better, to uproot racism in ourselves and in our communities, and to work alongside Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color in true partnership.

For centuries, Black women led movements that challenged white supremacy and fought against racial violence – from Ida B. Wells, who investigated and exposed lynchings across the deep south, to Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a powerful voice for voting rights, to the co-founders of Black Lives Matter: Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Alicia Garza. Our own work has been shaped by their brilliance, sacrifices, and leadership.

We commit to a true self-examination of our actions and our movement, to using our platform and our organizational privilege to call out racism and anti-Blackness in our own communities, to centering the voices and lived experiences of communities of color, and to holding each other, our community, and our local leaders accountable.

We call on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, King County Executive Dow Constantine and all the leaders in our region to step up, accept responsibility, and take action to support our Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.

And we ask you to join with us by donating to groups supporting Black communities and deepening your own anti-racist learning. Racism permeates our society and all its structures; together, we can continue the long process of dismantling it.