#Black Lives Matter

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health condemns violence in all of its forms. We commend the statement below, which was produced by our colleagues in the Move to End Violence, along with this accompanying video: http://vimeo.com/114526586

Background: Move to End Violence and its Movement Makers have come together to stand with the hundreds of thousands in our country and millions around the world to assert that our lives and liberation are connected and inextricable. #BlackLivesMatter. We stand with these leaders and ask you to join us in advancing inclusive racial and gender justice movements now. Black women and girls, alongside the black men and boys in their communities, deserve safety and visibility. #blacklivesmatter #freemarissa #whywecantwait

Please read the inspiring herstory of this movement led by the brilliance of Black Queer women Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza: http://blacklivesmatter.com/

Statement by Move to End Violence:

As movement leaders, activists, and community organizers deeply dedicated to ending gender based violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, state-sanctioned systemic violence and community violence, we are joining voices to express our collective outrage at the failure of accountability for the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and many others killed at the hands of police. Our hearts are with their families and communities, from whom they have been taken far too soon. We write to uplift the names and lost lives of black cisgender and transgender women – including Tanisha AndersonIslan Nettles, and 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. These women and girls, just a few of many who are also killed by police or other representatives of the state, leave behind bereaved children, parents, friends, and community. Black lives matter.

We know that violence in the street is linked to violence in the home, in the school, in the shops, in the military.  We know that systems of domination and violence must be upended together and that where Black lives are denigrated, exploited, violated and detained by the state with impunity there can be no true safety and justice for the documented and undocumented women and girls in our communities. The same systems and institutions that failed Mike Brown and Eric Garner have also failed Marissa Alexander, a survivor of domestic violence who harmed no one, yet continues to serve time in prison. Black lives matter.

Together we add our voices to the chorus of hundreds of thousands in our country, and millions around the world to assert: our lives and our liberation are connected and inextricable. Black women and girls, alongside the black men and boys in their communities, deserve safety, security and visibility. Black lives matter.

We, women and men of the movement to end violence, write to lift up the fact that it has been and continues to be the work of black women leaders who make these connections, started and lead the movement to assert that “Black Lives Matter.” They are the ones who have refused to let the world sleep. These are the leaders that remind us that justice will never be won; it must be fought for. We stand with these leaders and ask you to join us in advancing inclusive racial and gender justice movements now. Black lives matter.

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