A Statement From SOCM’s Officers: “Black Lives Matter”
The Executive Officers of SOCM are united in solidarity with the communities that are engaging in collective action in order to highlight the vast racial disparities that non-white, especially Black, people encounter every day. We believe people have the right to raise their voices in determining their futures by ending police brutality. We believe our marginalized neighbors should not have to fear for their lives in their own communities or any community. We believe that BLACK LIVES MATTER!
As leaders on the SOCM Board, we pledge to equip and encourage our members to engage in anti-racism work. We will work to make it our priority to support and take direction from anti-racist groups across the state. We encourage our supporters to hold us accountable as we endeavor to help combat white supremacy and collaborate with Black leaders to eradicate the racism inherent to our institutions, especially our own.
We are more committed than ever to fight to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice for all Tennesseans, rooting our work in a commitment to intersectional approaches and justice for all.
We would like to take this opportunity to bring attention to just a few of the organizations working tirelessly in the fight against racism. We encourage everyone to support their work and, if you have the means, donate.
- Black Lives Matter
- The Bail Project
- Campaign Zero
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Appalachian Community Fund
- Color of Change
- Fair Fight
Erica M. Davis
Featured image: SOCM’s Officers. From left to right: Erica Davis, President; Tiara-Lady Wilson, Vice-President; Patricia Hawkins, Treasurer; Leith Patton, Treasurer.