Louisville — and Washington

The failure to charge police for the murder of Breonna Taylor during execution of a no-knock warrant is yet another example of our system of white supremacy working exactly the way it was built to work. Our status quo is unacceptable.

And in Washington state, remember that Charleena Lyles, a beloved and pregnant mother was murdered by Seattle police in June of 2017. As of this date in 2020 no inquest has been held into her death. Twenty other inquests into deaths at the hands of police in Washington State have yet to be scheduled. Regardless of where any of us stand on abolition or reform we must recognize that failure to even seek the truth in this cases is not just.

So it’s not surprising that community demands in Louisville — including divesting from policing and investing in community building, and the immediate resignation or impeachment of their Mayor — are similar to community demands in Seattle and across the state.

As Movement for Black Lives says, Black people must be able to live and thrive without fear of harm from the state. And as the African American Policy Forum said in their statement

“We will continue to lift up Breonna Taylor’s name, share the story of her life, and demand justice for her and every other Black woman whose life has been cut short by state violence. We will continue to fight for a world in which Black women are free from the twin terrors of racism and sexism — for a world in which Black women can sleep in their own homes and live their own lives without fear of being killed.”

We have work to do to change the system. In Louisville, here in Washington, and across the US.

Do the work. Support the freedom fighters on the ground working for community safety, police accountability, and to re-write the laws that allow police to murder citizens of this country with impunity. Support the BREATHE Act (Movement for Black Lives’ visionary civil rights bill), the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act (which bans no-knock warrants on a federal level), and similar legislation at the state and local level. Support candidates who prioritize these kinds of systemic changes.

We echo M4BL’s call for those in defense of Black lives to support organizations in Louisville as they continue to mobilize people in the moment. Here are some links recommended by Black Lives Matter Louisville and other local activists.

Some good sources to follow for updates on the situation Louisville include Queer Kentucky (@queerkentucky on Twitter), Root Cause Research Center (@rootresearch), Black Market KY (@BlackMarketKY), Change Today Change Tomorrow (@changeTMW), and of course Black Lives Matter Louisville (@BLMLouisville).

And it’s also crucial to continue to support organizations here in Washington. Here’s a short list.

Shannon Barbour’s Actionable Steps to Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor has more excellent suggestions for action, including

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