Statement from I-93 Demonstrators

Posted: January 16, 2015 in Call to Action, Fight Back, for your reflection, Real Food For Thought, resistance, Solidarity, We want justice now!
“As non-Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people in the United States, we refuse to allow increasing acceptance of our sexuality and several marriage equality victories to end our commitment to advancing social justice. We recognize that this movement has been spearheaded by Black queer women and gender-nonconforming people.” said Monica Majewski.
Protesters who blocked traffic on Interstate 93 north and south of Boston Thursday morning have released a statement.
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Today, we place our bodies in the street for four and a half hours, the same amount of time Mike Brown lay dying in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. We are a diverse group of LGBTQA, white, pan-Asian and Latin@ people acting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, both locally and nationally. We stand behind the demands released by organizers in Ferguson, which can be found at http://fergusonaction.com/demands/
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“As non-Black women, including transgender and gender-nonconforming folks in the United States, we refuse to allow our commitment to gender justice to distract us from racial justice. We understand that gender and racial justice are intertwined,” said one of the organizers of the action.
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“We maintain that the U.S. is and has always been a state founded on the exploitation, enslavement and oppression of people of color worldwide. The political and economic system we struggle under today would not exist without the centuries of exploitation of Black and brown people. It is crucial to recognize that capitalism is a system that is upheld by white supremacy. We cannot end capitalism without ending white supremacy. There is no such thing as total liberation without ending the exploitation of Black and brown bodies.”
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Furbirdsqueerly supports our young LGBTQ people and this action. We know as we have known fro many years the truth that Audre Lorde spoke when she said, There are no single issue struggles as we do not lead single issue lives.
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