The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) offers our deepest condolences to the family of Heather Heyer and those who were harmed due to the violent actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. We condemn attitudes and behaviors that devalue human rights and dignity and which diminish safety and equity among all people. We are committed to confronting the roots of violence and oppression within ourselves, and within economic, social and political systems. We recognize our nation’s history of racism, colonialism and genocide. This history contributes to a culture in which certain people are denied respect, safety, and equal opportunity based on their identities, including but not limited to their race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability. This divides our country, fractures our communities and denies people the freedom to be whole human beings. We stand in solidarity with people of color and all those who experience injustice and discrimination.
Now more than ever, we must unite to oppose oppressive, hateful and violent ideals and build safe, inclusive and loving communities. ACESDV will continue to hold ourselves accountable by challenging white privilege and engaging in conversations about racial justice within our organization, as well as with our friends, family and community.
We affirm our dedication to dismantling oppression and promoting equity among all people. Read ACESDV’s Guiding Principles here.