We in the Sunflower Alliance were both appalled and devastated to learn last month that Darren Wilson will not be indicted for his killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones not just of Michael Brown, but of Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Eric Garner, and all other women, men, and youth of color whom police officers have also slain unjustly. Police brutality is endemic in the United States, a symptom of systemic, institutional racism and white supremacy which permeate all sectors of society. We acknowledge that the same socio-economic forces driving mass incarceration, police militarization, violations of civil liberties by law enforcement, and the criminalization of people of color, are those driving global ecological collapse.
Therefore, it is with hardened resolve that we stand in firm solidarity with the tenacious sisters and brothers in the Black Lives Matter Movement, as well as all other non-violent movements challenging interlocked systems of oppression. As we move forward to address climate change and environmental injustice, we resolve to address racism in both its effects and in our work itself.
Pictured: Richmond Chief of Police Chris Magnus stands with demonstrators along Macdonald Ave. to protest the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths during a peaceful demonstration in Richmond, Calif. Credit: Kristopher Skinner, AP.