Black Lives Matter.

What pain we have witnessed this week. What crushing and devastating injustice. We are seeing violence against Black communities increasingly revealed, but it is not new. It is the natural order of a system designed by white supremacy. 
 
We must prepare for the increased backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement that will gather strength in response to the recent killings of Dallas police officers by a shooter unaffiliated with BLM. We must refuse to let this tragedy be twisted to vilify those fighting for safety for Black communities. We must refuse to allow Black Lives Matter to be painted as a violent and murderous movement by those who seek to destroy and discredit it. 
 
May the pain and grief of these deaths be a beacon. May it catalyze justice, may it make us to refuse to tolerate police murder of Black people with impunity. May it lead us to reject en masse a system of policing that is inherently corrupt. May it send ripples upon ripples, may it set us all to action, may we fight this crushing, widespread, institutionalized brutality that cannot be ignored. 
 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
Black lives matter. 
 
We offer some compiled readings for this time and a poem by AORTA member Autumn Brown.
 
With love and rage,
 
AORTA