“Black lives matter and we stand in solidarity with every single organizer and activist who stood up and demanded that presidential candidates challenge power and respond to the crushing consequences of structural racism.
Our country needs a president who is committed to progressive policies and is willing to challenge power — from deep-seated racism in America to corporate interests that rig the game against working people.
But more important than any statement we might make today are the names of the people who have been killed by a powerful, racist system that we must take on together, like:
By Neil Sroka,Communications Director, Democracy for America, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Bland Michael Brown Rekia Boyd
Kindra Chapman Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.
John Crawford III Jordan Davis Ezell Ford
Freddie Gray Eric Garner Oscar Grant III
Akai Gurley Dontre Hamilton Cynthia Hurd
Susie Jackson Aiyana Jones Ethel Lance
Trayvon Martin Renisha McBride Depayne Middleton-Doctor
Clementa Pinckney Tamir Rice Tony Robinson
Timothy Russell Tywanza Sanders Walter Scott
Daniel Simmons, Sr. Myra Thompson Cameron Tillman
Malissa Williams …and too many more.”