Message From The President:
This year has been devastating for our nation, especially for communities of color. As a Black woman in this climate, I have seen enough to last me a lifetime. As president of the New Jersey Young Democrats, I want to express our collective outrage towards the senseless violence that has taken George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many other Black lives. During this pandemic, which is already disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, we must speak out.
There has been no greater threat to Black lives than violence being inflicted at the hands of the state — through the blatant violence by police and through centuries of policy that have systematically oppressed Black people since before the founding of this country. But it does not end there. We are strong, persistent, and powerful. And we not only demand justice but call for new laws to be created that will show real consequences for hate and violent actions towards people of color. Throughout the state and country, we are banning together to make it known that we will not tolerate hatred, racism, and violence.
I highly encourage you to support your local Black-led organizations in a joint effort to stand in solidarity. And to check on your Black membership, supporters, friends, and colleagues. Now, more than ever, we must stand together as we confront the harsh reality that faces us. There is healing in unity.
Thank you to our leaders, volunteers, and supporters who are continuing to take action and make your voices heard during these troubling times. Below you will find ways to take further action.
Speak Out And Take Action
Join the Movement for Black Lives Matter Week of Action: Visit their site to get resources, messaging, and tactics in defense of Black lives.
Urge Congress to take action: Urge your members of Congress to support Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, and Karen Bass's resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and use of excessive force. Learn more here.
Join an upcoming protest near you: View NJ.com's list of protests, marches, and rallies planned in New Jersey here.
Yours in Action,
Fatima Heyward, President
New Jersey Young Democrats