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In Support of Black Lives Matter

Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Atatiana Jefferson. Pamela Turner. Tanisha Anderson. These are just some of the countless Black women and transgender individuals who have died needlessly at the hands of police officers in our country. We honor and remember them, along with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and the many other Black men who have been killed by police officers and vigilantes.

The systems built on structural racism in this country that caused their deaths must be dismantled. These same systems also contribute to disproportionately high rates of homelessness and extreme poverty among Black and brown people and are in themselves one of the many forms of violence against people of color. We join those calling for these systems to be dismantled, and for justice and equity for all of the Black members of our community. 

Black Lives Matter.

In mourning, in outrage, and in solidarity,

The Gathering Place