June 4, 2020
As the most robust pro-democracy network in Wisconsin, we are continually reminded that what we do impacts not just our families, friends, and neighbors but the health of our communities, our nation, and ultimately everyone in the world. What’s true about this historic moment is true for our democracy: what we do and how we work to make change reverberates in our communities and impacts our lives in tangible ways. We are committed to using this moment as a turning point in the fight for a better world that values the health, vitality, and well-being of families and communities of color.
We support over 60 partners on their work around civic engagement. For many people, “civic engagement” is synonymous with voting. Yes, voting is important- that’s why the people supporting protests today are also the ones who register voters and send election reminder texts throughout the year. And we believe that while voting can alter the political landscape in which organizing work happens, it is not the be-all end-all. Protest, direct actions, and civil disobedience are also necessary components of civic engagement. It is imperative to do both. A ballot cannot stop a bullet.
Whatever our race, background, or zip code, we all want to move through our communities without fearing for our lives or our loved ones. But time after time, we have witnessed horrors committed against Black people by police, from public streets to personal living rooms. Meanwhile, some politicians shame and blame victims of police brutality to distract us from their own failures to end systemic injustices. These powerful few want to keep us from uniting so that all of our families can have what we need. We know a better future is possible, this is why we must call on politicians to pass intersectional policies that affirm all humanity first and foremost, and seek to demolish the multilayered forms of oppression that people face, including race, gender expression, and immigration status.
Wisconsin Voices is proud to work with partner organizations who are leading campaigns to invest in anti-racist infrastructure, systems, and policies that uplift and affirm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) lives.
We are unequivocally in solidarity with our partners and this work. We call on everyone to follow, support, and take action with our partners. Not just in this historical moment, but after. The work of dismantling racist systems and building just ones requires us to be present and active every day. Let this moment of fervor and action catapult you into becoming part of the long term work- the work that happens every day, doesn’t get media attention and isn’t trending on social media.
Here are the Wisconsin Voices partners you can follow, give to, and take action with.
In addition to supporting the work of our partners, here are some other ways to get connected to the protests:
For white people, we have compiled some resources here to educate and challenge yourself and have conversations with other white people.
We remain committed to fighting for a society where every person has the means, motivation, and freedom to fully participate in a just democracy that provides opportunities for all people to thrive.