Republican Women for Progress Stands in Solidarity: We Must Demand Equality
Over the past week, we’ve seen our country, and the world, stand up in response to the countless killings committed by those in authority against our fellow Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, George Floyd, and too many others have lost their lives. Republican Women for Progress condemns these acts of police violence against the black community, and we stand in solidarity with all of those demanding justice. In order to heal together, we must stand together.
The United States cannot escape our history of racial inequality, but we must dismantle systems of oppression and inequity. Rebuilding the fabric of our society with diversity, inclusion, and empathy is the only way forward. Guaranteeing our Constitutional freedoms for every American — regardless of race, gender, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation — is the responsibility and business of government. This is exactly what our elected leaders, especially our Republican leaders, should be prioritizing today.
Instead, President Trump has chosen to condemn, threaten, and use force against peaceful protesters whose actions are protected by the First Amendment. The lack of public rebuke from Republican leaders following the President’s escalating use of excessive force against Americans is deeply problematic, but the fact that he did so in order to use a church as a prop in a photo op is unconscionable. One of the few Republicans to speak out, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) called attention to the misguided rhetoric coming out of the White House and reminded us that Trump’s dismissive and divisive actions are not a part of the America we know. We agree and we call on our fellow Republicans to do better, to listen, and to call out wrongdoing — even when it’s by your fellow Republicans.
As we consider ways to help those fighting for peace and equality on the front lines of peaceful protests across the country and in our communities, we encourage you to support local organizations that help make this change possible. To help get you started, here are a few organizations that we are proud to support during these times: