NYC Council Women's Caucus calls for justice for victims of racism, violence

NYC Council Women's Caucus calls for justice for victims of racism, violence

The New York City Council Women’s Caucus has called for justice for the Black Americans who were victims of the recent acts of racism and violence displayed by White supremacist in the United States, according to a recent press release.

“We are calling for justice for those who have been the victims of violence on the basis of their skin color and racial identity,” the press release states.

While disclosing their reasons for the solidarity, the City Council women said that the rampant acts of violence and discrimination against Black Americans send wrong signals to international communities—that America is losing its leadership values respected for for many years.  

“If we do not bring criminal charges against those that harm Black bodies in the United States, then we are sending a message to the world that we do not value the lives of Black people and communities of color,” they said.

They therefore called for total restructure of the country’s legislative and judicial systems in order to provide fairness and equity for all races in the States.

“The only way we can begin to dismantle systematic racism, is by standing in solidarity with the protestors in demanding accountability from our leaders, and that legislative action is taken to legally reaffirm that Black lives not only matter, but that they are also protected under the law."

The caucus further noted that they made this call as a show of solidarity with anti-racism protesters nationwide, following recent racial discriminatory acts and violence perpetrated by some White Americans, which led to the death of some Black Americans like Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.

"Across the country, we are seeing protests and anger from a community frustrated with racial injustice and inequality from those in positions of power and authority,” the caucus stated.

“From the murder of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men in Georgia, to video footage of a white woman, Amy Cooper, calling 9-1-1 to falsely accuse a Black man, Christian Cooper, of attacking her in Central Park, to the violent use of excessive force on protestor, Dounya Zayer and the use of  pepperspray on Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and Senator Zellnor Myrie in Brooklyn by the NYPD, to police cars used to violently ram and injure protestors, to the death of George Floyd, Breeona Tayler, Tony McDade, and so many other countless African- Americans at the hands of the police. Today, the Caucus is saying enough is enough,” they added.