Violence, Systemic Racism, White Supremacy, and the Black Lives Matter Protests

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All of us at the SVPA are outraged about the brutality committed by law enforcement, particularly against black people. We need to speak out. We stand united with the Black Lives Matter movement, the protestors, and all those who seek justice.

The violence and murders committed by the police are not a result of a few “bad apples.” They are the result of the systematic racism that is embedded in our institutions and culture. The United States was “founded” on a history of white supremacy that is pervasive to this day.

Police brutality both upholds and is embedded with the marginalization of people of color, particularly the black community. The recent murders are not outliers. We must deliver justice to the individuals, families, and communities who have been victims of this brutality. We must disrupt, dismantle, and desecrate state-sponsored violence and racism. As an organization dedicated to preventing sexual violence, we recognize that all violence, including sexual violence, is rooted in oppression. That’s why we must all commit to taking action.


We ask that each person reading this commit to doing AT LEAST ONE of the following.

  1. Protest

  2. Donate

  3. Sign petitions

  4. Educate yourself about racial inequality, police brutality, and/or police abolition.

  5. Educate your families, friends, coworkers, and community.

  6. Amplify the voices of black leaders and organizers.

  7. Register to vote.

  8. Speak with your workplace, church, community group, book club, etc. about their response to the protests.

  9. Speak with them about ensuring anti-racism is embedded in their policies, programs, and practices.

  10. Follow ten black leaders, influencers, and organizers.

  11. Support a black-owned business.