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WASILC Stands In Solidarity with the Black Community

Jun 15, 2020

The Washington State Independent Living Council stands in solidarity with the Black community. WASILC condemns systemic racism and oppression, and we demand justice and equality for all Black people and all People of Color.

The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) stands in solidarity with the Black community and all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We fully support the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn systemic racism, oppression, and injustice. Achieving our mission requires us to educate and advocate for systemic changes for all people with disabilities, which includes the intersectionality of race and disability. We recommit to this vital work and will hold ourselves accountable to become better allies. We know we cannot elevate the disability community without elevating the BIPOC communities we serve.

Recommended Readings:

“How to Be an Antiracist”by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“Stamped From the Beginning” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

“White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo

“Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad

Movies/Documentaries:

"Selma": A film directed by Ava DuVernay

“13th”: A documentary film directed by Ava DuVernay

“Just Mercy”: A film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the book titled “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”, by Bryan Stevenson

“The Hate U Give”: A film directed by George Tillman Jr.

“Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”: A film based on the book of the same name, by Monique W. Morris