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We are inspired by a groundswell of support for bills in the State House and Senate that will establish a jail and prison construction Moratorium for five years. The bills address the Commonwealth’s huge investment in prisons, jails, regional lock-ups, and other such facilities by pausing new construction and planning. Imagine what all of us can create if we pause jail and prison construction and reinvest tens of millions of dollars in community-led solutions!Please watch this fabulous video sharing clear and compelling evidence of the strength of our Movement and of the vision of Families for Justice as Healing.Please sign this petition ASAP
The 2021 ORMA General Assembly, held on January 30th, 2021, helped set ORMA’s direction for the coming year… as John Lewis inspired us, we will continue to make “Good Trouble.”
Read President Obama’s eulogy for the indefatigable civil rights campaigner Congressman Lewis.
• Understanding the important distinction between non-racist and anti-racist
• Indigenous Concerns and the Red Nation Principles of Unity
• ORMA’s statement on George Floyd’s murder
Understanding the important distinction between non-racist and anti-racist
Ibram X. Kendi, the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, draws a distinction between racist, non-racist, and anti racist. His work is transforming the public conversation around racism and antiracism in vitally important ways.
As Kendi writes: “What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.” What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an antiracist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism. This may seem harsh, but it’s important at the outset that we apply one of the core principles of antiracism, which is to return the word “racist” itself back to its proper usage. “Racist” is not—as Richard Spencer argues—a pejorative. It is not the worst word in the English language; it is not the equivalent of a slur. It is descriptive, and the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it. The attempt to turn this usefully descriptive term into an almost unusable slur is, of course, designed to do the opposite: to freeze us into inaction.”
Kendi, Ibram X., How to Be an Antiracist. Random House Publishing Group, 2019.
Indigenous Concerns and the Red Nation Principles of Unity
We in ORMA are inspired in our revolutionary and anti-racism actions by the mighty vision contained in the Preamble to the Red Nation’s Principles of Unity. We cannot win any revolution ORMA is involved in without joining directly in the struggles of the oppressed. In support of the Massachusetts Indigenous Agenda, we urge you to read the eloquent and moving “Preamble,” ratified by the first General Assembly of Freedom Councils in Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 10, 2018 (Pueblo Revolt Day).
We are Indigenous revolutionaries. We are comrades and relatives first and foremost.
We practice radical democracy and compassion for all relatives.
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