Statements by the Local to Global Justice planning team

Black Lives Matter

Communities across the United States and globally are once again rising up, as state-sanctioned racial violence perpetrated by police roil Black communities that have been pandemic-stricken, exacerbating precarity and, to quote Ruth Wilson Gilmore, differentiating "vulnerability to premature death."

Calls for racial justice are again bringing local and global attention to police brutality, mass incarceration, housing inequality and gentrification, poverty, economic, legal and educational disparity, and access to food, transportation, voter rights and health care. These issues have been compounded by the overrepresentation of Black people among the casualties of the current COVID-19 pandemic and by the most recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Dion Johnson and other Black people at the hands of police.

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As a collective, Local to Global Justice (L2GJ) understands the Black feminist charge that none of us are free while others are oppressed. L2GJ is committed to the pursuit of justice in every sense—from our local struggles in the Phoenix Metro area to social justice issues that span the globe. We stand in solidarity with the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition (MSC) at Arizona State, as they organize to ensure that the university upholds their stated commitment to inclusion.

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Each year Local to Global Justice presents the Forum and Festival, an annual event that seeks to connect local diversity, sustainability, social justice, and human rights issues to larger global struggles. This event provides an outstanding space for the sharing of experiences and knowledge between scholars and activists working on a wide range of social justice, human rights and sustainability issues.  All are welcome!

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