Environmental Groups Stand in Solidarity with Movement for Black Lives Demands / Week of Action

June 4, 2020
Protest march against police violence - Justice for George Floyd Minneapolis, Minn., May 26, 2020.
Protest march against police violence--Justice for George Floyd Minneapolis, Minnesota May 26, 2020. (CC BY 2.0) Fibonacci Blue

Enviro. Groups Stand in Solidarity with Movement for Black Lives Demands / Week of Action

As organizations striving for climate justice and environmental protection, we cannot be silent in the face of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. This moment has laid bare the long and shameful history of institutional and systemic racism against Black and Brown people in this country. We demand action.

We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and endorse the following demands and the M4BL week of action.

We will advocate for these demands, and we will engage our supporters, members, and allies to take action to confront the police violence, inequality, and racism plaguing this country.

TAKE ACTION: https://m4bl.org/week-of-action/

WE DEMAND THE RIGHTS OF PROTESTORS BE PROTECTED

We demand that no harm come to protestors. Violations of property should never be equated with the violation of human life. We demand that local and state officials ensure that there are no abuse of powers and no use of lethal force on protestors.

WE DEMAND A DIVESTMENT FROM THE POLICE AND INVESTMENT IN BLACK COMMUNITIES: WE DEMAND LOCAL SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS CUT TIES WITH THE POLICE

We call on localities and elected officials across the country to divest resources away from policing in local budgets and reallocate those resources to the healthcare, housing and education our people deserve. More officers, guns, jails, and prisons are not a solution to longstanding problems of racial disparities, injustice, and police violence. We demand police-free schools across the country and an end to the use of police officers in public universities. All public institutions designed to serve the people must cut ties with the police in the interest of public safety.

WE DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR OUR COMMUNITIES

We demand the federal government provide direct cash payments, rent cancellation, mortgage cancellation, a moratorium on utility and water shutoffs, and a cancellation of student, medical, and other forms of debt. We demand long-term economic solutions like a Universal Basic Income, in order to address the immediate crisis and pave the way for a just recovery that doesn’t prioritize corporations and leave our communities behind. Support the families and the lives of those we have lost and those struggling to survive now.

WE DEMAND COMMUNITY CONTROL

The most impacted in our communities need to control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us — from our schools to our local budgets, economies, and police department.

WE DEMAND AN END TO THE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE

We demand an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people. We call for not just individual accountability of officers after a murder, but entire police departments. Make it clear that we are done being killed at the hands of anti Blackness and white supremacy. Target your elected officials and those that lead institutions like schools, hospitals, and universities to cut ties with the police.

Signed,

ActionAid USA

Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Love

Amazon Watch

Animals Are Sentient Beings

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Azul

Bates Environmental Coalition

Beautiful Trouble

Berks Gas Truth Better

Future Project

Better Path Coalition

Beyond Extreme Energy

Big Reuse

Black Millennials 4 Flint

Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project

Bold Nebraska

Breast Cancer Action

Brighter Green

Build a Movement 2020

Calhoun County Resource Watch

Call to Action Colorado

Care About Climate

CatholicNetwork.US

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

Environmental Justice Ministry

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Climate Integrity

Center for Coalfield Justice

Center for Food Safety

Center for International Environmental Law

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Center for Sustainable Economy

Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Chispa

Church Women United in New York State

Citizens Awareness Network

cityWILD

The CLEO Institute

Climate Action Coalition

The Climate Center

Climate Disobedience Center

Climate Finance Action

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Hawks Vote

The Climate Mobilization

The Climate Museum

Climate NOW

Climate Parents

Climate Power 2020

The Climate Ribbon

ClimateMama

Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes

CODEPINK Women for Peace Golden Gate

ColombiaConexion SF Bay

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

Connecticut Citizen Action Group

Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Corazon Latino

Corporate Accountability

Data for Progress

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

The Democracy Collaborative

Divest Ed

DNC Environmental and Climate Crisis Council

Dogwood Alliance

Don't Waste Michigan

Down to Earth Storytelling

Dream Corps

Earth Action

Earth Day Initiative

Earth in Brackets

Earth Is `Ohana

Earth Ministry / Washington Interfaith Power & Light

Earthworks

ecoAmerica

EcoBirth

Ecoinclusive

EcoLatinos

Eco-Poetry

Elders Climate Action

Endangered Species Coalition

EPCF

Escambia County Democratic Environmental Caucus

Extinction Rebellion DC

Extinction Rebellion New Orleans

Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area

Extinction Rebellion Tampa Bay

Faithful America

Fire Drill Fridays

Food & Water Action

Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

Fossil Free California

Frack Free New Mexico

FracTracker Alliance

Friends of the Earth

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Global Witness

Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Air Pollution

Green Amendments For The Generations

Green Education and Legal Fund

Green For All

Green 2.0

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

Greenbelt Climate Action Network

GreenLatinos

Greenpeace USA

Healthy Gulf

Heirs To Our Oceans

Hip Hop Caucus

HoCo Climate Action

Hollywood United for a Healthy California

Human Impacts Institute

Idle No More SF Bay

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition

Indigenous Environmental Network

Inland Ocean Coalition

Institute for Policy Studies Climate Policy Program

Interfaith Power & Light

Justice Action Mobilization Network

JustME for JustUS

Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society

Labor Network for Sustainability

Last Chance Alliance

The Last Plastic Straw

The Leap

Lonely Whale

Maine Environmental Changemakers

Maine Environmental Education Association

Maine Youth for Climate Justice

Majority Action

Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement

Montgomery Citizens United for Prosperity Mosaic

Mothers Out Front

Movement Rights

National Children's Campaign

The Natural History Museum

Nature Coast Conservation

Neighborhood Tree Health

Network of Holistic Activists

Newark Science and Sustainability

Next100 Coalition

No Coal No Gas

Noble Renewables Group of the West

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment

North American Water Office

North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance

Nuclear Energy Information Service

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

The Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project

The Oakland Institute

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Oil Change International

Okaloosa County Environmental Caucus

On Behalf of Planet Earth

Our Climate

Pacific Environment

Partnership for Southern Equity

Pasco Activists

Peace Action

Peace Action New York State

Peak Plastic Foundation

People Demanding Action

Peoples Climate Movement NY

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles

Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plymouth Friends for Clean Water

Polluters Out

Popular Resistance

Power Shift Network

Presente.org

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Peace Coalition

Project CoffeeHouse

Property Rights and Pipeline Center

Public Citizen

Radiation Truth

Rainforest Action Network

RapidShift

Re-Earth Initiative

Regenerative Solutions

Responsible Drilling Alliance

Revitalization Strategies

River Guardian Foundation

RootsAction

Rootskeeper

San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper

SanDiego350

Seeding Sovereignty

Sierra Club

ShutDownDC

Society of Alternative Resources

Sol Nation

Solstice Initiative

The Solutions Project

Stand.earth

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion

Stop Fracked Gas PDX

Stop Zenith Collaborative

The Story of Stuff Project

Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition

Sunflower Alliance

Sunrise Movement

Sunrise Movement Dallas

Sunrise Project

Sustainable Energy & Economy Network

SustainUS

Three Mile Island Alert

Tinker Tree Play/Care

Toxics Action Center

The Trail Posse

Transition Town Media

Union of Concerned Scientists

UPSTREAM

Wall of Women

Waterspirit

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Western Environmental Law Center

WildEarth Guardians

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network

Women's Environment and Development Organization

The YEARS Project

Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines

Youth Outside

Zero Hour

198 methods

1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations

350 Bay Area

350 Butte County

350 Colorado

350 Columbia

350 DC

350 Fairfax

350 New Hampshire

350 New Orleans

350 Seattle

350 Spokane

350 Wichita 350.org

350PDX

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