At Biocitizen LA, we believe Racial Justice is an environmental issue.
Despite being deprioritized and invisibilized by many white environmental organizations, we recognize that the environmentalist movement in the U.S. owes its existence to the too often ignored labor of black and indigenous activists. As articulated by Diane D. Glave, in her essay “Environmental Justice: Free to Breathe” from Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage,
In response to being inequitably exposed to toxic chemicals, waste, and environmental devastation caused by nature, however, African Americans have continued their legacy of resistance, combining grassroots activism, spirituality, and organization to craft a ‘spearhead for reform’ that African Americans who continue to be embattled by environmental racism can carry into the future.”
Our country has been denying Black Americans their inalienable right to breathe since its inception, enlisting and weaponizing culture, state resources, and nature itself in that task. We condemn the state-sanctioned violence against black bodies, we mourn the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others, and we solemnly sit with ourselves in reflection of the ways in which white environmentalism has contributed to systemic racism.
As Biocitizen LA seeks to develop concrete and tangible courses of action to strive towards racial justice organizationally, we invite you to consider with us, educate yourself, and use the resources you have to support the Black community.