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Black Lives Matter.

“Though we tremble before uncertain futures

may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength,

may we dance in the face of our fears.”

― Gloria Anzaldúa

Black Lives Matter. For too long, police have treated Black communities as if they do not. As a community-based organization representing a predominantly Latinx community on Chicago’s southwest side, BPNC is committed to racial justice and justice. We acknowledge that the struggles of the Black community are inextricably bound to our community’s struggles. Overpolicing, anti-immigrant policies, cuts to funding for education and social services - all result in communities of color not having the opportunity to thrive. We cannot have true peace in our community without believing in the essential dignity of every human being. All of our services, organizing, and policy change campaigns are rooted in this most crucial value.

We are saddened by the horrific murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, and countless lives lost at the hands of police. However, we are not shocked or surprised by this tragedy. We have seen dozens of murders, abuse, and harassment of black and brown community members at the hands of Chicago police. In most cases, black communities are the victims of this violence.

In the end, all of our communities are left to deal with the impacts of structural violence. We experience it when we see vast increases in the city budget for police, which has only resulted in the criminalization of black and brown youth, meanwhile we see decreases in school budgets, mental health, and community-based social services. This must stop.

BPNC calls for #PoliceFreeSchools and divestments in policing and structural changes to use of force policies. BPNC also calls for dramatic increases in funding for public schools, community-based and free mental health services, and increases in public health infrastructure in black and brown communities throughout Chicago and Illinois.

Our organization stands in solidarity with all black and brown communities AND in opposition to police violence. We will not stay silent as police violence and white supremacy continue to perpetuate harm and violence in all of our communities.