Black Lives Matter
Boston Hurricanes community,
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are once again shown the damages of prejudice, racism, and systemic injustice. Along with the rise in discriminatory acts against Asians/Asian-Americans, we have also witnessed the deaths of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, George Floyd in Minnesota, Tony McDade in Florida, and countless others who have served as serious reminders of the daily injustices and lack of basic human rights that the Black community faces. May they rest in power.
We are extremely saddened and horrified by all of these events. As an organization with inclusivity as a core value and an organization that strives to empower our community members, we recognize our responsibility to speak out against these systemic injustices that occur and stand with communities that are suffering.
Within the past century, the Civil Rights Movement catalyzed the end of much of the legalized racial discrimination and segregation in America at the time. This organized effort, led by Black-Americans, played a major role in the passing of the Immigration Act of 1965, opening the gate for other immigrants of color. It is the reason many of us and our families in the Canes community are even able to be in America today.
We strongly urge our community to engage in difficult conversations about anti-Blackness, equip themselves with knowledge of Black history and current events, reach out to friends or acquaintances that may be personally hurt or grieving from recent events, and make efforts to demonstrate allyship.
We stand with the Black community.
Black Lives Matter.
The Boston Hurricanes
Learning More (Resources)
We recognize this may be the first introduction into these kinds of discussions for others, so we have curated a library (click HERE) with useful resources to help get you started.
Some organizations that help local black communities are:
If you can't donate, don't worry! There are YouTube streams that are donating all of their profits to support the #BLM movement.
Other organizations/funds/YT videos can be found in the Donate tab of the library.
Your Voice Matters
Petitions are a free and easy way to use your voice in issues that matter to you.
Writing to your state legislators or state representatives is a great way of keeping your policy-makers accountable.
Find who your state legislator is HERE
Vote! This is an incredibly important way to use your voice. Every vote counts, and these votes determine who represents your district, state, and country.
Register to vote HERE
If you want to be able to engage in discussion and be a part of the change, it's important to be knowledgeable about the issues you're speaking about.
Click the Literature tab in the library to help get you started.