“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”Martin Luther King Jr.
Migration That Works will not be silent
Migration That Works stands in solidarity with the Black community as they demand justice for the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many other victims of police brutality. The Minneapolis police officer’s knee on George Floyd’s neck that resulted in his brutal murder is both a physical manifestation and symbol of the physical and structural racism that is persistent and pervasive in every aspect of Black lives in the United States. This racial violence results from historic, systemic injustices like slavery and lynchings committed with impunity–as well as state-sponsored and state-sanctioned violence, which have been tools utilized to maintain the status quo of white supremacy over public policy and civic life. We cannot be silent. We demand justice. We demand change.
Migration That Works is a coalition of labor, migration, civil rights, anti-trafficking organizations, and academics advancing a labor migration model that respects the human rights of workers, families, and communities and reflects their voices and experiences. We envision a value-based model for labor migration that prioritizes the human rights of workers and their families, elevating labor standards for all workers.
As a coalition, we acknowledge that this is a common fight for dignity, equality, and freedom. We commit to taking the following steps:
- Uplift Black Migrant voices in the demand for justice and speak out against racist policies and practices that exclude or devalue them.
- Seek to form long term collaborations with Black migrant coalitions.
These commitments serve as a foundation for a long-term road map for Migration that Works. Above all, we will leverage our platform, and amplify the voices of those most affected to combat the racial injustice that pervades our country.
Black Lives Matter.
Spotlight on Black-led organizations leading efforts on the ground in MN: Black Visions Collective