In the past several weeks, we have all seen violence and fear rock our cities, our nation, and the global community. Last weekend Minneapolis police shot Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old unarmed black man. This tragic death leaves us full of emotion and mourning over a young man’s life taken from our community.
While we might not yet know all the specifics surrounding the killing of Jamar, what we do know is that this is an all too familiar occurrence in our nation. The struggle to overcome racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the ability of Black communities to achieve real liberation continues here and across our nation.
We stand in solidarity with the family and loved ones of Jamar Clark and all families who have lost loved ones at the hands of local law enforcement. A lot of work is required if we are going to heal and move forward as a city, as a state, as a nation.
At Headwaters, we fund groups organizing for justice and equity. Our grantees are in it for the long haul, and they are bending the arc of justice with each step they take whether through direct action or policy advocacy.
We are honored to stand with our grantee partner, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, and other organizations including the NAACP and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change as they courageously organize for Justice for Jamar. Their fight is not just for one man, but for the thousands of black and brown people who unjustifiably die at the hands of law enforcement and as a result of our broken systems.
“We want them to stop killing us. We have rung the bells loud. We are not going to take this anymore.” Lena Gardner, member of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.
Late Thursday night from the 4th Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Headwaters’ Giving Project participant and donor-activist Emma Buechs wrote: We are not leaving until our demands are met. In these moments of fear and violence I am so grateful for the power of community, for the strength in hope, for the energy of song and dance and drums, for the smart and persistent organizing of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and for the belief that we can and will win, that we can create a system not ruled by white supremacy, that we can be liberated if we all stand together.
With deep appreciation, and in solidarity,
David Nicholson, Executive Director