Jun 18, 2020
We condemn racism unequivocally.
We are angry that Black people across the nation -- including our Black GreenLatinos members, relatives, friends, and partners -- face hateful rhetoric and racist acts of violence from racists, white nationalists, law enforcement, and even the President every day.
This must stop.
GreenLatinos loudly repeats the truth, Black Lives Matter.
We resoundingly call for justice for the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and all the countless Black lives that have been killed by racists.
White supremacy and systems of oppression are the enemy of all of us. And we are not without fault. Anti-Blackness within and from the Latinx community is unacceptable. It has contributed to significant discrimination and violence toward Black and Black Latinxs individuals and communities. We denounce this racial discrimination from our generations and those that came before us.
GreenLatinos is committed to holding our own communities accountable. We ask that you join us and promise to do the same. Will you go on record alongside GreenLatinos and dozens of other organizations to commit to combating anti-Blackness within our own communities? Join us in signing the letter saying “Somos Latinos and we demand that Black Lives Matter.”
We call on fellow GreenLatinos to go on record alongside us, as individuals, to commit to actively working to combat anti-Blackness within our own communities.
We also ask that you support the following actions, however you can:
Commit to attend or support one of the Juneteenth nation-wide actions and on-going support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement by showing up to protests or actions in your communities, and/or supporting remotely by signing petitions, showing support on your social media channels, speaking out to your family, friends and neighbors.
Donate to the Movement For Black Lives Mobilization Fund; Pledge ongoing donations to Black organizations and community groups actively combating racism and environmental racism
Meaningful change can be achieved in this country – at the local, state and federal levels – when we stand together, listen, learn and act. But we need you to demand action if we want to achieve that change.
The work of breaking down oppressive systems that uphold white supremacy must be done by all of us, together, now.
Mark, Amanda, Jessica, and the entire GreenLatinos Team
Amanda M. Aguirre | Executive Vice President & COO
Jessica M. Loya | Director of Policy & Programs
Mark D. Magaña | President & CEO
GreenLatinos is a national network of Latino environmental and conservation advocates committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmentalists.