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Compiled by Garret Wassermann / Green Party of Pennsylvania

(photo from: https://www.gp.org/black_lives_matter)

Greens across the US have spoken out in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality and a racist policing and criminal court system. While the global COVID-19 pandemic required special safety concerns, Greens turned out in the streets with activists and communities to demand racial justice and equity.

Newly-elected Charlotte Greens co-chair Jacob Samuels holds a sign for Jacob Blake.
Photo credit: Allison Isley, Winston-Salem Journal (source)

The North Carolina Green Party joined dozens of protests against state violence and systemic inequity, including a week-long occupation of the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, which helped to win the successful veto of the onerous SB 168. GPUS national co-chair Tony Ndege served as a local BLM lead organizer, and was aided by several local Green Party leaders such as Charlotte Greens co-chair Jacob Samuels past candidates for office Keenen Altic, Joshua Bradley, Robert Corriher, assistant Sec. Ade Mowry, and Troy Winfree of Triad Greens and many others.

Trahern Crews, a GPUS national co-chair, and leader of the Minnesota BLM chapter organized several events, including a rally on Juneteenth demanding reparations and an end to state violence. “For 400 years, the United States government has had its knee on the neck of the black community socially, politically, economically, and spiritually,” Crews said. “Today we are here to demand full and complete reparations for the American descendants of the slaves who built this country.”


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