BerniePDX Statement on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the Subsequent Public Uprising

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BerniePDX joins the call to demand justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who were murdered by police, and Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by white supremacists. All of the people involved in perpetrating these horrific murders must be charged and sentenced. 

We stand with the hundreds of thousands of people who are rising up in an incredible wave of outrage and resistance all over the U.S. The public is not only speaking out against the killing of George, Ahmaud, and Breonna, but also responding to 400 years of the brutal, deadly oppression of black people and people of color.ย 

BerniePDX opposes the systemic white supremacy and inequality that allow racially motivated violence and policing to occur. We support dismantling and replacing this country’s corrupt system of law enforcement. Racial profiling, the hiring of racist cops, police brutality and senseless killings, and militarized police responses to protesters must end. 

Until those in power address the racial and economic violence being done to working people, we should remain suspicious of politicians who choose to focus on protests and riots over injustice. 

Don’t Shoot Portland has compiled a list of organizations doing important work around these issues, which can be found here: tinyurl.com/yakjtu4g. We encourage our members to donate to and support these groups.ย 

#BlackLivesMatter

In Solidarity, 

The BerniePDX Leadership Team