The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club stands with protesters across the country in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others because we know that #BlackLivesMatter. These protests occur with more frequency and become more violent due to the lack of institutional change in policing and prisons. Watching the regular extrajudicial executions of Black people in viral videos while city after city allows their murderers to still walk among us is a form of trauma.
To understand the moment we are in now, we are going to have a meeting on the national uprisings occurring across the United States and where the East Bay stands.
We will be hearing from Darwin BondGraham, the News Editor for The Oaklandside, Azucena Rasilla, bilingual art and community journalist for The Oaklandside, and Pastor Michael McBride, founder of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead Pastor.
Minimal repercussions for this violence only emboldens those officers and limits the ability of the community to heal. Studies have shown that implicit bias training and efforts toward diversifying a police force cannot, by themselves, make the impact that our communities need. However, holding police officers accountable for these deaths and pursuing justice would make that impact.
As progressive Democrats, we must prioritize a national campaign for the institutional changes required for “liberty and justice for all” to be a reality for Black communities — and this campaign begins right here in the East Bay.
As the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, our platform supports advocating for these changes. Our solidarity belongs to those who are most marginalized, and the moral clarity of this moment requires it.