The Coalition Against Global Genocide (CoAGG) condemns the violence against black men and women and states its indisputable support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Coalition is determined to be involved in the conversation and the action that people of color are demanding. We call on all citizens to fight for justice for black communities and all communities of color.
America has never come to grips with its racism. Many of us struggle with how to deal with its reality. Others, quietly or even openly, embrace it because racism affirms a distorted, indefensible and immoral superiority over another.
The horrors we have recently witnessed against our black brothers and sisters in particular too often cycle through the news. We are appalled, sickened even, but because it might not be “us,” not our family, we too soon forget, we too soon move on.
But can we continue to move on? Continue to forget? We cannot.
By taking a stance, none of us are relieved from the responsibility of action. We must battle the transgressions against any woman, man, or child. Our purpose is to speak up, speak out, and act boldly. We cannot stand idly by. We do not stand idly by.
All oppressed peoples well understand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, written in his 1963 letter from his Birmingham, Alabama, jail cell: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed… Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The Coalition Against Global Genocide is about justice. Its members fight injustice, fighting diligently to dismantle it.
Today and for all tomorrows we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our sisters and brothers of all colors, of all economic conditions, of all religions, of all languages because we — all of us — are the children of a creator of life. We are responsible for one another, for our mutual well-being and mutual life.
Pictured: A mural by Denver artist Detour of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.