Audre Lorde Project Statement on Ferguson and Single Issue Struggles. A must read by queers of all stripes.

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Call to Action, Fight Back, for your reflection, Our Stories, Saying it like it should be said., Solidarity
Audre Lorde Project in the streets supporting Mike Brown and the people of Ferguson.
Many thanks to the Audre Lorde Project and the Sylvia Rivera Project for telling it as it should be told. We know at this blog that there is indeed no thing as a single issue struggle that we as queers are connected to all struggles for the simple fact that we are here there and everywhere and all struggles are our struggle. We have known this for years since the days of the Gay Liberation Front and stand in support of a united front of all peoples. Our blog Furbirdsqueerly will always take a multi-issue stand  and we reject all who fight on a single issue campaign. We thank the Audre Lorde Project for this powerful statement and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for posting this statement to our facebook page.

The Audre Lorde Project is in solidarity with Michael Brown’s family and all of the families and communities of people affected by racist state violence.

We are in solidarity with the Black and allied organizers who continue to rise up against the countless number of Black people stolen from us by white supremacist state violence. We recognize that a system that refuses to indict Darren Wilson is not a broken system; it is a system that is working precisely as it was designed to. It is a system that manifests as the continuation of colonialism and slavery.

We join our communities in the streets not because we believe Darren Wilson should be placed into jail, but because we demand transformative systems of justice, reparations, and self-determination and self defense for our communities. We join our communities in the streets not only because of a ruling by a court, but because we know that this moment is part of a historical movement for racial and economic justice. We join our communities in the streets because we know that power belongs to the people!

We know that the assault on Black dignity is not just about Michael Brown and Ferguson. It’s about Akai Kareem Gurley who was shot in Brooklyn by the police this past weekend. It’s about Eric Garner who was choked to death by NYPD in Staten Island a few months ago. It’s about Islan Nettles a Black trans woman who was attacked and left dying in front of a police station last year. It’s about Marissa Alexander and the many Black women who are criminalized for defending their families and lives. It’s about militarized policing domestically and internationally from Ferguson to Palestine to Mexico. When we say that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ we include queer people, trans and gender non-conforming people, women, people with mental and physical disabilities, people engaged in the sex trades, sex workers, undocumented peoples, migrants, indigenous people, incarcerated people, people without stable housing, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other marginalized peoples. As Audre Lorde reminds us, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

We refuse to accept a single issue struggle that positions our struggles as somehow contradictory. We commit ourselves to a truly intersectional vision of social justice that uplifts the collective power, safety and well being of all our communities. We understand the routine surveillance, criminalization, and incarceration of communities of color in this country as not only a crisis of racial profiling, but also gender policing. We affirm the experiences and leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, and gender non-conforming people of color who are often erased from the telling of our movement histories even as we are often and consistently at the front lines.

We demand and work for our collective freedom and dignity. Despite these shameful acts of violence and attempted genocide of our communities we incite a movement of transformation, love, and liberation.


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