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Standing together for change; lessons from Ferguson

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michaelbrownDear families and friends,

We are angry. As an organization committed to “equity for all families and children,” we cannot sit on the sidelines while our Black youth continue to face violence from those empowered to uphold the law, generation after generation.

We are hurt. Let us hold, for a moment, how it must feel to lose a child to violence; hold, if you can, how Michael Brown’s family feels at this very moment. Let what you feel strengthen the compassion that binds all of us together, parent to child and parent to parent.

We are saddened. The wounds inflicted in communities of color in our country are deep and old. In an effort to divert attention from the injustice served, the media coverage  – of predominately peaceful, youth-led protests against institutionalized racism – has sensationalized the response of our communities and powerful organizing work done by so many in the hundred days since Michael Brown’s murder.

As a social justice organization, we stand for the protection of all children. We stand with the victims’ families. And we call for action and justice.

Let us continue talking to all of our children about racism, how we can fight it, and how being an ally is a powerful tool for peace. At the same time, we:

  1. Commit to connecting with and listening to families everywhere who are being marginalized and whose voices are still not being heard.
  2. Ask our policy makers and government officials to change these archaic and oppressive systems; they must not shrink from action during these troubled times.
  3. Encourage you to continue the dialog on how LGBTQ communities can best stand in solidarity with racial justice movements.

Our hearts go out to Michael’s family and the greater community as we mourn, seek justice, and work together for change.

In solidarity,

Our Family Coalition’s Team

PS: Do you have innovative ideas that can help Our Family Coalition expand this often challenging, yet transformative, intersectional work? Talk to us! Email recommendations, along with your name and contact information, to policy@ourfamily.org. Thanks!

 

Welcome OFC families and our friends!

We are excited to “soft” launch our new website.  That means that we are taking the next month to get your feedback and help us make the best site possible. We have spent months developing this site, and are excited to hear your thoughts.Judy

Our Family Coalition has been going through a growth spurt. This new, fresh web presence is just a part of that change. Over the next few months you will see us not only launching this new website, but also rolling out new materials and increasing our social media footprint.

With acceptance of LGBTQ people growing daily, we see new opportunities for our families to be a part of a lived reality of inclusion and access.  Our family Coalition is at the forefront of that change. You are a part of that change, and we appreciate your helping us create the most vibrant, resourceful, active website possible to further our vision. We welcome your feedback at media@ourfamily.org.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Judy Appel
Executive Director
Our Family Coalition