Black lives matter. Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition expresses its support for and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement for justice. We condemn the violent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more people whose names we have heard about or may never know about. These incidents do not stand alone. The system and structure of how people in positions of power interact with people of color - whether police, prosecutors, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) - has been rooted in “protecting” White lives at the expense of Black and Brown lives.
Immigration justice does not exist without racial justice. The same White supremacy that makes it possible for George Floyd to be murdered by a police officer in the street is the same White supremacy that undergirds the detention and deportation system. Our work and what we stand for as an organization is to help people seek justice and this invariably is about being an anti-racist organization. We stand with communities of color as they grieve and protest for more than just words -- for change. We at CAIR Coalition want systemic change too. We also call upon all Americans, including ourselves at CAIR Coalition, to educate ourselves and act against systemic racism and racialized police brutality in our own communities and beyond. We are committed to embracing anti-racism organizationally and individually and holding ourselves accountable.
CAIR Coalition is committed to following the leadership and example of Black movement leaders and encourages all supporters of immigrants’ rights to follow and engage with Black activists, Black organizations, and Black businesses.
Please consider learning about the anti-racist movement including supporting and donating to those at the front lines of this current fight:
- Learning about and donating to bail funds for protestors and others.
- Learning about what it means to be anti-racist.
- Black Lives Matter
- The Movement for Black Lives
- Black Youth Project 100
- Law for Black Lives
- The Sentencing Project