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WMCC Statement on Protests
June 5, 2020
Women’s March Contra Costa (WMCC) stands in solidarity with African American and other communities of color. The deep wounds of long-held racism and inequality in this country have led us to this moment and we recognize that many people have been hurting. We believe that it is all of our responsibility to listen, learn, and take action. We join the call for immediate accountability, justice, and action to dismantle systematic racism. WMCC supports the many non-violent and peaceful grassroots protests that have taken place over the days since George Floyd’s violent death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other civil rights leaders have taught us, there is extraordinary strength in nonviolence - the kind of strength that can change and shape a nation. We support these peaceful events.
WMCC believes in the power of peaceful protest and acts of civic engagement to affect change. Although we are not currently organizing any protests of our own, we support other groups organizing peaceful events. We recommend the Action Together Bay Area website as a good resource for a comprehensive list of upcoming protests. As events are happening quickly, and WMCC is not always able to investigate protest organizers, WMCC recommends that marchers reflect on the following:
Participants should inform themselves of the persons who are organizing and attend at their own discretion.
Participants should consider personal safety and Covid 19. We encourage all to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. This KQED article provides good tips for protesting safely.
WMCC does not support the individuals and groups who are undermining the message of these peaceful protests through violence and destruction. Violence discredits and distracts from the pure voices demanding justice and real change.
WMCC urges the police in each municipality to support peaceful protests and use de-escalation and minimal use of force when interacting with protestors and ensuring public safety.
WMCC recommends the Resource Center for Nonviolence for those who want to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.’s principles of nonviolent resistance.
In Solidarity, WMCC
WOMEN'S MARCH CONTRA COSTA STATEMENT REGARDING NATIONAL WOMEN'S MARCH INC.
Women’s March Contra Costa is a local, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting intersectionality and inclusivity. Our organization is distinctly independent of Women’s March, Inc., a national organization. Women’s March Contra Costa is independently funded and does not share any leadership, decision-making input or financial connection to Women’s March, Inc.
Our group stands against hate in all its forms. Women’s March Contra Costa denounces any statements against the Jewish and LGBTQIA+ communities and will continue to take action to promote intersectionality and inclusivity as we continue to work toward our vision of restoring dignity, sharing humanity and promoting equity for all. Together We Rise!