Black lives matter everywhere

Black lives matter everywhere

We’re grieving for our friends in Buenaventura. Recently, two young black lives were stolen from the community by paramilitaries. Christian, 15, was shot in the back while fleeing attackers who were trying to forcibly recruit him. Sol, 17, was fatally stabbed while trying to protect Christian.

Why? Simply because their families refused to be silent, refused to allow their children to be recruited by the paramilitaries, and refused to allow their daughters to be subjected to sexual violence.

In memory of Michael BrownHere in the US, people took to the streets this past weekend to honor the memory of Michael Brown. We stand in solidarity with #blacklivesmatter, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, BYP100 and the many other organizations in the U.S. and around the globe that aim to bring this issue to the forefront. We stand with the people who converged on Ferguson this weekend to protest and seek justice for Michael Brown’s murder.

Whether it’s condoning brutality at the hands of police officers in the U.S. or paramilitaries in Colombia, the message from state agents and the illegal groups they work with, is clear: black lives are expendable.

 

BV kidsBut they are not. Michael Brown’s life matters. Christian and Sol’s lives matter. Their families are standing up to say so, making them targets of further threats. Take action today to say their lives matter to you. Please send an email to US Ambassador Kevin Whitaker expressing your concerns about the situation (ambassadorb@state.gov). You will see a sample email below. For background on their situation click here. In your letter, urge the following:

1) A swift and thorough investigation into these crimes and execution of justice

2) That the Colombian government fully implements the protective measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space.

Thanks for standing in solidarity with blacklivesmatter everywhere.


 

Sample email text:

Dear Ambassador Whitaker,

I’m writing to you today as I grieve for our friends in Buenaventura. Recently, two young black lives were stolen from the community by paramilitaries. Christian,15, was shot in the back while fleeing attackers who were trying to forcibly recruit him. Sol, 17, was fatally stabbed while trying to protect Christian. This occurred on July 19, 2015 at 7:50pm only 500 meters from the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space. They were attacked by three men identified as members of the neo-paramilitary group “Gaitanistas.”

This happened simply because their families refused to be silent, refused to allow their children to be recruited by the paramilitaries, and refused to allow their daughters to be subjected to sexual violence. Although the family was awarded protective measures by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), the family has yet to receive material protection from the Colombian state.

I urge the U.S. Embassy in Colombia to pressure for:

1) A swift and thorough investigation into these crimes and execution of justice

2) That the Colombian government fully implement the protective measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for the Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space.

Black lives everywhere matter to me. Please treat this matter with your utmost attention.

Thank you,

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