Las Musas is united in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. We mourn with you. We are outraged with you. This fight is our fight.
We demand the arrests and prosecution of the police officers who are responsible for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. We demand the prosecution of ex-police officer Travis McMichael and his son Gregory McMichael for their murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
We support the Black freedom fighters who daily rise up against white supremacy to dismantle systemic racism and risk their lives in the protests for their human right to breathe in peace; for their human right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness; for their human right to fight against the brutality they have continued to suffer for centuries in America.
We acknowledge anti-Blackness in our Latinx community and seek to root out and extinguish it. We have all been drinking from the poisoned well of systemic racism and, therefore, each one of us has internalized racism. We vow to examine our own hearts and call in dialogue those in our families and communities who perpetuate the cycle of systemic oppression against the Black community. We vow to intervene when we see Black people being harassed, gaslit, and antagonized online.
We call for the decolonization of our education systems that are at the root of raising white supremacists and domestic terrorists. We call for an end to school-prison pipelines. We call for the divestment and demilitarization of police and investment in Black and Brown communities and education systems not corporate bailouts.
We call on the publishing industry to be accountable and hire Black agents and Black editors that represent the Black demographic in our society. We call on publishers to make the industry accessible by creating virtual internships and job positions. We call on library systems and librarians to purchase, promote, and circulate diverse works by Black creators.
We know the power of words and demand news outlets to be held accountable. We will not accept false narratives that seek to reframe and criminalize the Black Lives Matter Movement. We demand that Telemundo and Univision stop endangering the lives of the Black community by demonizing the BLM freedom fighters and instead use the power of these platforms to fight for justice.
We will not be silent. We will speak up with our voices, our art, and the power of our platforms for a rightful redistribution of the wealth the Brown and Black community have afforded this country. We promise to support and uplift Black creators. As Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network said, we will “reimagine a world with an economy of care versus an economy of punishment” and fight for it with our allyship, our money, and our activism. The Black community’s fight for justice is our fight. In moments of protest and moments of celebration, we are united. Black liberation and Black joy is our joy. Black lives matter. Black voices matter. Black futures matter. Black dreams matter.
If you wish to join us in this fight, below is a jumping off point of suggested activism, places to donate, and ways to educate yourself in how to be anti-racist. This list is by no means comprehensive and will continue to grow, but we hope it serves as a place to start on your journey.
- Las Musas
Donations (a few were moved to organizations to follow as they no longer request donations):
Black Businesses (Including Bookstores!)
Books, Articles, Organizations, etc.
Books (divided by genre and/or age-range when available)
Booktubers and Bloggers
Social Media Accounts to Follow
Mental Health Resources
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