For Immediate Release
June 1, 2020
EMILY's List Responds to Police Violence Protests Around the Country
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation's largest organization for women in politics, released the following statement in response to the recent police violence protests happening around the country:
“The past few months have brought many reminders of the deep-seated racism poisoning our nation. From the disgusting treatment of Christian Cooper to the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
We are all moved painfully by these devastating acts of racism. But I want to recognize that as a white woman, my emotional anger is nothing in comparison to the devastation and fear that Black Americans face every day.
And what is clear to me is that we cannot support Black women running for office and be silent. We cannot support reproductive justice for all and be silent in this moment.
And we cannot expect support from Black voters if we are silent about the threat of death and violence that Black people carry with them daily.
These recent events have all been made doubly painful by the dangerous actions and systemic failure of leadership from President Trump. At a time when we need to see real leadership at all levels, he has chosen to fan the flames of racism and bigotry and to use the military against Americans protesting for their rights.
It shouldn't be this way. Each of us needs to do our part to fight injustice when we see it and to elect leaders that will fix this broken system and hold power accountable.
The road to a better future is long and will continue to be challenging. We plan to walk it each step of the way.
And as Stacey Abrams has said, “…their actions will be on the ballot in November.”
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