Gotham Volleyball League Statement of Solidarity

 

Gotham Volleyball has always strived to improve the quality of life for GLBTQ+ individuals. Today, we would like to reinforce that mission, by showing our solidarity with the Black community, and to enrich the spirit of our members with hope and understanding.

As we all bear witness to the ongoing protests around the world, Gotham reflects and recognizes that our “pride” is rooted in the celebration of a rebellion and a collective struggle. We cannot ignore the connection between these current uprisings and Stonewall, the Black Cat, and other demonstrations in our GLBTQ history; we recognize champions like Marsha P. Johnson and Bayard Rustin, black heroes, that fought against police brutality to afford us the civil rights we have today. We implore that everyone reflect and memorialize this year’s Pride month by being vocal allies to our black brothers and sisters who are not only fighting for their rights, but for all of our rights. Stand up to the violence and murder against all people; “We are all in this together.”

Suggested Resources

For those in our Community wishing to learn more or become more engaged on these issues, we have compiled the suggested resources below from knowledgeable members of the Gotham Community for your consideration.  We also encourage all of you to explore other educational and informational resources as well as donate to appropriate causes.

1. Voices:

-White people and solidarity 

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

-Black voice on Rioting:

2. Media:

black Feminism

– documentary Racial inequality on Netflix: ‘13th’by Ava DuVernay

https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

3. Mental Health:

– NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Diverse-Communities/African-American-Mental-Health

– Beam Virtual Therapy: https://www.beam.community/bvtn

4.Literature:

– So You Want to Talk About Race
Book by Ijeoma Oluo

– White Fragility
Book by Robin DiAngelo

– How to Be an Antiracist
Book by Ibram X. Kendi

– The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Book by Michelle Alexander

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