Indigenous Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Two arms reaching out and clasping hands. Indigenous solidarity with Black People for Black Lives Matter
Photo used with permission from @tiplerteaches on Instagram

Indigenous Solidarity and Sovereignty Officers’ Statement on #BlackLivesMatter

 

Less than two months ago, when the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land and rights to self-governance were under attack at the hands of the government, a call for support was met with swift action from members of Montessori for Social Justice. Today, the United States government is again implementing practices, policies, and tweets that support racist violence against Black and brown relatives.  

 

The Indigenous Solidarity and Sovereignty officers of the board of Montessori for Social Justice stand in solidarity with all African-American, Black Indigenous, Afro-Latinxs, and Black relatives in the demand for justice and the end to the violent and deadly policing of our brothers, sisters, and siblings. We join in the protest and raise our fist against white supremacy and racist violence. We demand that justice be served in the murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless more through systemic change and the dismantling of oppressive systems.  

 

Montessorians of the Global Majority stand together in the uniqueness of our experiences, backed by an army of ancestors speaking a harmonious myriad of Mother Tongues. 

Âs nutayuneân. Todavía estamos aquí. We are still here. 

Matâpee nunâhshôm! No puedo respirar! I can’t breathe!  

Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!

 

Siobhan Keesuty8ee Elm, Indigenous Solidarity and Sovereignty Officer

Marina Saenz Luna, Indigenous Solidarity and Sovereignty Officer