1. We Keep Us Safe:
We respect one another and seek to heal and look out for one another. We reduce the potential for our people to get hurt, to be unwell, and during a global pandemic, to fall ill.
2. Respect Black Leadership:
This is a moment during which people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are putting Black lives at the center of the conversation. We encourage that. Putting Black lives at the center also means respecting Black communities and long-standing Black leadership that have worked for justice in various communities for many years. Respecting Black leadership doesn’t mean always deferring to Black folks. It does mean listening to Black folks, supporting Black folks, and on a weekend like Juneteenth, being a respectful guest in our sacred space.
3. Find Your Lane:
Freedom is for everyone and will require all of us to win. Whatever you do, do it for justice. There is no one “right” way to protest. We will need art, and chants, and marches, and direct action, and electoral justice. This is an “all hands” moment.
4. Make All Black Lives Matter:
When we say “Black lives,” that means everybody. We want all Black people to thrive. Black people of every gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, ethnic background, class origin, country of birth, region, or religion are included. Everyone in, nobody out.
5. Change the System:
This is our time to confront the deepest systemic wounds of our country. There are no easy answers and no quick “feel good” solutions. Sustainable movements require sacrifice in order to topple oppressive systems. We’re not interested in nibbling around the edges or accepting symbolic concessions. Black people have struggled for centuries for true freedom—our time is now. Joining us here means you accept the work immediately ahead of us, and the long march to victory.
6. Invest in Black Communities:
As we take action, let’s be mindful of supporting Black communities, local Black vendors, and Black institutions, and ensure they are in better condition than how we found them. Let’s intentionally honor each other, our Black community institutions, and at a time when environmental disaster hits us the hardest, our Earth.
7. Do the Work at Home:
This is a moment in which all of us must address anti-Black racism in our many communities. Anti-Black racism is evident in violent policing, but it also exists in our workplaces, ethnic groups, our families, and local communities. Let’s do the work at home and ground our organizing for change locally.