Black Lives Matter: A Statement of Solidarity

The Employment Justice Center believes that in securing, protecting and promoting workplace justice for the most vulnerable among us, we raise the floor for workplace justice for all of us. This is the central tenet of the work we do every day and forms the basis of our legal, organizing and advocacy work. Implicit in this belief is the awareness that not only are all individuals in a society intricately connected but, as Rev. Martin Luther King said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is why our organization is both concerned and sorrowful at the events of the previous week.

Like many of you, we are concerned and profoundly mournful at the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Our thoughts are with his family and his community. We also wish to stand in solidarity with the protestors in Ferguson and around the nation who desire a more transparent and equitable criminal justice system. Here at the EJC we recognize that any issue that disproportionately affects low-income people of color is an issue that disproportionately affects the workers who come into our clinic each week. We understand that economic insecurity is only intensified by physical insecurity and judicial vulnerability. We cannot deny that the erosion of trust between marginalized communities and the government agencies responsible for ensuring their rights is in many cases justified and is a barrier to all forms of social justice.

This statement is an act of solidarity, one that we know can be only a small part of the struggle to end the racial oppression faced by people of color in America. Yet we firmly believe that silence merely affirms the voices of those who suggest that our society is somehow post-racial and that advocating for racial justice is outdated. The Employment Justice Center stands with protesters fighting for justice, for fairness, for peace. We hear you. We see the righteousness of your demands. We know that our causes are intertwined. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. We hope to walk with you as this moment becomes a movement for a more just society.