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All Quotes by author - Opal Tometi
" African-Americans and black immigrants share a resilience and a determination for a better life. "
" Antiblack racism is not only happening in the United States. It's actually happening all across the globe. "
" Anti-black racism operates at a society-wide level and colludes in a seamless web of policies, practices, and beliefs to oppress and disempower black communities. "
" As a community organizer who holds a degree in history, I understand the fascination with history. However, there is a tendency for many of us to get engrossed in the recounting of our history, which often amounts to purely intellectual activity without material action. "
" As an immigrant justice advocate, I, of course, want legal status for everyone trying to make it in this country. "
" As we look ahead to our very diverse future, BAJI plans to continue to be at the forefront, uniting black communities to attain racial, social, and economic justice for all. "
" Being in the immigrant rights space, I've heard a lot of transactional talk with questions like, 'When will black people show up for immigrants?' "
" Black immigrants and refugees have just as much at stake in the fight to make Black Lives Matter as African Americans do. "
" Black Lives Matter has been viral, and people are taking it, appropriating it, and using it however they see fit. "
" Black Lives Matter is really an affirmation for our people. It's a love note for our people, but it's also a demand. We know that the system was not designed for justice for us. "
" Black people, we are fully deserving of the room and space to fully express our humanity. This is what Black Lives Matter is truly about. "
" Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that's inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or ability. "
" Despite claims that there are good and bad cops, we know that the system is failing everyone - including the police. "
Good And Bad
" Due to broken windows policing, the following interactions can lead to tickets, arrests and summonses, warrants if tickets go unpaid and, in some cases, violence: jaywalking, sleeping on a park bench, spitting, putting your feet up on the subway, and more. "
" Far from ending, systemic racism reinvents itself to conform to what is publically acceptable, leaving the quality of black life diminished and more permanently fixed with each passing decade. "
" For the U.S., a nation that boasts of being the land of the free, it does not live up to its ideal. "
" Fortunately, the leadership of black immigrant communities has always been present in all black liberation movements from leaders like Marcus Garvey to Shirley Chisholm to Malcolm X and Harry Belafonte. We know this is our legacy. "
" From my youngest brother to immigrant women to black queer folks, those are the people who keep me going. When I think about their various acts of courage, it reminds me that I am not alone and that we can do even more, and we deserve more, so we have to keep going. "
" Get involved in your neighborhood. That's how I got really, really committed to the immigrant rights movement. "
" I am the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, which is the country's only national immigrant rights organization for black immigrants and African Americans. Being the daughter of Nigerian immigrants really drove me to do this type of work. "
" I believe that our communities can benefit if they know about and participate in the U.N.'s various human rights forums. "
" I call on Democrats to use their leverage to fight for a clean DREAM Act and to reject Trump's racist agenda - not only in word but in deed. "
" I challenge us all to have the courage of our convictions to fight for a fair, justice and inclusive society. "
" If black lives mattered, I believe that policing and immigration enforcement would not be the devastating force that it is in our communities. "
" If people take the fight for justice seriously in their own country and with partners and immigrants in their community and folks in the international community, I believe that we will see human rights for all people affirmed. "
" If things aren't working for us, it is our duty to rise up. "
" I have always felt like I want to change the course of history. "
" I have three godkids that are just so gorgeous; I love them dearly, and they keep me going. "
" I have two younger brothers, and I know my parents have spoken to them about driving and interacting with police. They didn't have those conversations with me, but they did have conversations about being exceptional black people. "
" I just look back at my time in college and think about how much my community activism and my work in neighborhoods really informed my actual academic career and beyond... It can provide a way better learning than the traditional classroom setting. "
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