LULAC Statement: We Stand United in Action
with Black Lives Matter
LULAC stands united in action with Black Lives Matter
As the oldest and
largest national Latino civil rights organization, LULAC is deeply
outraged by the long and troubling history of police brutality in the
United States and which recent cases have once again awakened our social
consciousness. Not long ago, anger was similarly erupting around the
deaths of Eric Gardner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland,
their lives ended by law enforcement. Then, a few days ago, we witnessed
George Floyd killed in the custody of Minneapolis police. He did not
deserve to die at the hands of officers who took an oath to protect the
stands united in action with Black Lives Matter.
The pain and sheer injustice that Black communities experience day in and
day out cannot be ignored any longer. It must stop now! At a time when
there is a call to “dominate” our communities coming from the highest
elected office, we
pledge to support Black Lives Matter in the quest for justice.
Latinos also have suffered at the hands of police abuse from Santos
Rodriguez, Joe Campos Torres, to Mike Ramos who was shot and killed two
weeks ago in Austin, Texas.
LULAC rises to join
in steadfast solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people across
our country demanding
fundamental reforms to our law enforcement system. We
stand as one with this movement in strong agreement that we must change
how law enforcement is carried out in America. Policy interventions are
urgently needed to stop excessive use of deadly force, unwarranted
physical force to subdue individuals, discriminatory patterns of arrest,
selective non-enforcement of the law, the “code of silence,” lack of
accountability, and brutal crowd control tactics which are all part of
stands with Black Lives Matter and will fight for justice,
standing shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, until true social equity and
Constitutionally protected equality is reached. LULAC supports and
believes in peaceful protest and exercising the right to civil
disobedience while adhering to the principles of non-violence. We stand
united in dismantling oppression until every black man, woman, and child
in America can live free without fear.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s
largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that
empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United
States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address
the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today
and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.