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AMERICAN GATEWAYS: WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

AUSTIN – As an organization dedicated to championing for the dignity and human rights of immigrants, we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which demands justice for George Floyd, a Black man who lost his life to police brutality. We remember the names of others whose deaths were an injustice, including Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Michael Sanchez, Sandra Bland, and many others. The struggle for justice for immigrants has always been tied to the same struggle for justice that all people of color face in the US.

We cannot bring these people back, but we can choose to remember what their deaths symbolized for all of us and we can choose to fight against the systemic violence against people of color. The recent protests for the unjust killing of George Floyd are weighing heavily on all of our communities. We are mourning with the families, with people on the ground protesting, and with those who are helping their communities by providing a space to get food and care. We will support them all to create a society and community in which black lives truly do matter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused physical, mental, emotional, and economic impacts to our communities, but it has also demonstrated how we can provide for, stand with, and advocate for justice in our communities in times of crisis. We stand with the Black community during this crisis in the fight for equity and justice. We are fighting for a better future in which Black people can live without fear of police and where Black people are afforded the dignity and liberties they deserve.

Here are a few Central Texas organizations you can support:

In solidarity,

American Gateways

More information, contact:  Rebecca Lightsey, rebeccal@americangateways.org or 512-663-6333.

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