WFNHP Response to the Tragic Shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, WI Police
Black Lives Matter. We have made statements and demanded justice in the past regarding the merciless killings of Black people. Thankfully, Jacob Blake is still among the living, albeit forever changed. It is crucial in this moment to listen, learn, and lift up the voices of those directly impacted by our unjust systems. Then, we must all act. Rather than making yet another statement, here are words of several Black-led groups working in the struggle to win justice and basic human rights, as well as suggestions for meaningful actions you can take right now. Support them. Listen to them. In the labor movement, we call it “collective bargaining” when directly affected people get their say in how their institutions should function. This is a concept we, as a union, should continue to champion in this scenario.
First, Jacob Blake’s family needs help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforjacobblake
From the Milwaukee Freedom Fund, a statement from Jacob Blake's sister, Letetra Wideman, at the family's press conference yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/MKEFreedomfund/posts/170001784745744
A statement from Freedom Inc., a non-profit that works directly with low- to no-income families of color: https://www.facebook.com/AboutFreedomInc/posts/2056677024464100
A statement from Black Leaders Organizing for Communities: https://twitter.com/blocbyblocMKE/status/1297953124016160768
Send a letter demanding justice for Jake: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justice_for_jacob?source=sb_stage2_WIgeo_waycrosssigners_ads_fb&fbclid=IwAR3KKIo7rAJOZMGZ4t94rI-s97S4Md_QARYUlYDZPWlqdObSS8fhWMIsJds