Blog Entry Culture of Safety, Criminal Justice, Civic Participation

In Solidarity: Demand Justice for Stephon Clark

In 2012, four years after launching at the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement joined the nation and world in reacting with grief and outrage at the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Since then, we have been forced to relive those same emotions over and over again, most recently with the unjust killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California.
 
Just as last week's NY Times headline highlighted, the balance of promise and peril continues to haunt America's Black men and boys. Even as they achieve; even as they break barriers and shatter stereotypes; even as they stand in their own backyards, the systems of racism and white supremacy threaten to tear Black males and entire Black communities down into despair. 
 
In this moment of tragedy and injustice, we must band together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the frontlines of change locally and nationally. For this reason we urge you to support our brother and CBMA Member Marcus Strother in Sacramento as he helps lead the charge for Black youth across the city. We also encourage you to sign the petition created by our organizational partner Color of Change demanding justice for Stephon and his family.

SIGN THE PETITION


As we embark on the next 10 years of the Black Male Achievement movement, improving life outcomes for Black men and boys requires that we heighten the levels of risk, urgency and momentum with which we do this work. Only then will the perilous cycle, and the systems that allow it to fester, be put to an end.
 
Onward.

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