Oppression comes in many forms.
In the home, oppression can manifest as domestic violence and other interpersonal violence. In communities, it manifests in myriad ways, including as police brutality. At a societal level, it manifests in racist, xenophobic, homo-, and transphobic policies which creates and allows systems designed to benefit those in power and to harm those who are not. Oppressions, whether they be in the home, in communities, or in systems, have at their root the desire to gain and maintain power and control over others.
For over forty years, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has stood against oppression in all its forms. Our mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices in support of efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism.
We hold hands and raise our voices with everyone across this nation. We join in mourning for Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arber, and the others murdered by police officers, officers who must be held accountable. But that accountability cannot be confined to the individuals directly responsible for their deaths; we must also hold to account the systems of oppression built intentionally into our societal structure. We must dismantle oppression and racism - the root causes of what we witnessed over the past weeks and over the years.
NCADV stands against oppression. NCADV stands against oppression in the home and against oppression as state-sanctioned violence. NCADV stands against police brutality.
We are all defined, not only by what we stand against, but also by what we stand for. We stand for equity; we stand for the end of the patriarchy; we stand for racial justice as well as gender justice and economic justice; we stand for healing and for love. We stand for a better society, a world free from violence, whether that be violence by a domestic abuser or that be violence entrenched by institutional racism or power.
We re-commit ourselves to building this better world. We re-commit to support Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders and activists. We re-commit to being anti-racist. We urge every person of good will to join in not just making this commitment but in taking action. We are all responsible.
To learn more about racism and anti-racism, we found this to be a good starter Anti-racism resources for white people, curated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein.