in a country founded on genocide, slavery, and intentionally designed systemic racism; violence and oppression have been with us from the start. After days of protest against murderous injustice, we must channel our rage constructively to transform the toxic, systemic racism that enabled the murders of Black folks like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade at the hands of the police. these are just some of the latest incidences of violence that have come to light and bring wider attention to conditions that have been ongoing for centuries, in varying forms.
we are Racial Justice BK, a working group of GOBK, and we condemn hundreds of years of systemic and state-sanctioned violence against Black folks and their communities. We invite you to stand with protestors, in any way you are able. transform your outrage into action; support community-based organizations. Equality for Flatbush, Brooklyn Movement Center, Movement for Black Lives, The Audre Lorde Project, Vocal-NY, Brooklyn Justice Advocacy Coalition, and others have been pushing our city to divest from police and invest in communities. such organizations have been driving this work long before this week's headlines—show your support and elect candidates this June 23rd that support them.
in this moment and beyond, we need sustained engagement to bring about changes of practice and policy. for years, RJBK has held brave conversations, led community-based actions and worked in coalition for legislative and policy changes. Join our monthly Living Room Group to process and reflect on the impact of racism in our lives. join our Action Planning and Policy change work, and help us address continued racial health disparities, due to Covid-19, with our own #sharethehealth initiative.
Racial Justice BK is a space where neighbors come together to both discuss, and work on, issues of systemic and institutional racism. those issues continue to exist in our borough, our city, and beyond. we started as a working group of Get Organized BK, and we focus on the entire borough of brooklyn.
institutional racism has been a blight on american culture since the country’s inception, and the last few years have caused many of us to realize just how far we need to go to meet our most basic aspirations of equality and justice. from police violence and mass incarceration to the overt instances of white supremacy on display on a daily basis, the work of dismantling racism seems more critical than ever. we are a multiracial, interfaith group that embraces the intersectionality of these issues.
actions and community
we focus on issues critical to Brooklynites. we are dedicated to educating ourselves and our peers about contemporary issues of institutional racism and racial justice. we design our own events, actions, and demonstrations related to racial justice. we believe that resistance comes in many forms.
living room group
this group creates a space for reflection, analysis, and personal storytelling. participants recognize that racism manifests as an institutional phenomenon, but we also understand that race and racism affect each of us in deeply personal ways. members come together to share those personal experiences, and to hear how racism has had an impact on the lives of others.
get organized bk
GOBK are brooklyn residents working together to defend democracy and human dignity, shine a light on corruption, resist hate and injustice, love our neighbors, and protect them from harm posed by the trump administration.