On Friday, June 4, 2020, at 7:00am ET, the steering committee of Action Corps released the following statement:
“Action Corps champions justice in solidarity with people most affected by violent conflict. From Africa to the United States and beyond, White people have inflicted violence upon Black people for centuries -- the violence of shackles, prison bars, and guns, and the insidious violence of social exclusion, deprivation, and theft of human and natural resources. The issue of police brutality has yet again come to light through the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and most recently George Floyd. People protesting this violence have been met with further violence, as in the recent tear gassing and shooting at peaceful protestors in Washington, DC, which the Trump administration now falsely denies.
“Action Corps envisions a world where every human being is able to meet their basic rights, including the right to have enough food, the right to protest, and the right to live in safety. In order for this world to exist, we need to unite to end White supremacy and all other systems of oppression and inequity. As we unite with communities struggling for liberation, we remind one another of the common thread of humanity that connects us. The death of a Black person is just as much of a loss to our world as the death of a person of any other race, including those who are White. Although our current campaigns are focused on solidarity with people in Burma, Yemen and other countries coping with COVID-19 and legacies of colonization and imperialism, we remember our broader common struggle against systemic injustice.”
Ellie, Isaac, Nonnel, Tecle & Sapana
Action Corps Steering Committee