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April 14, 2021

In Response to the Killing of Daunte Wright

Women’s Advocates stands in anguish and solidarity with our Twin Cities BIPOC communities, especially our Black community, as we struggle to absorb the reality of yet another senseless killing of a Black man by a police officer in our community.  The trauma affecting our community, and especially the family and loved ones of Daunte Wright, has reached unbearable levels and our hearts, along with the hearts of so many, are breaking.  We extend a tearful embrace to the mothers of Black, Indigenous and other sons and daughters of color here and across this nation, both those who have already lost a child to violence, and those who live in constant fear that their child will be next.  We recommit ourselves to our work of walking with survivors, promoting healing, and working for justice and peace.

And we echo the words and sentiments of Violence Free Minnesota, of which Women’s Advocates is a member organization.

Violence Free Minnesota‘s Statement on Social Media:

“We are devastated at the murder of Daunte Wright by Brooklyn Center law enforcement on April 11. Daunte was 20 years old. He was a father. He was a son. He was a friend and neighbor. He was yet another Black man murdered by police in Minnesota. We hold Daunte Wright in heartbreak and in memory, alongside so many other Black, Brown, and Indigenous people murdered by law enforcement in our state and nation. The state has once again failed to preserve life and provide safety. To achieve our vision of a violence free Minnesota, we must dismantle the systems that perpetuate white supremacy, violence, and oppression. We must invest in communities left traumatized in their wake. In shared grief, Violence Free Minnesota and our member programs across the state will continue to work towards creating safe, caring communities free of violence. #BlackLivesMatter”

Resources to look into:
*Black Therapists and other Mental Health Resources for the Diaspora in Minnesota: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBQ3QPwHqzN/?igshid=ngwtpxz6jwxc
Local, Black-led news sources, and independent media

To support Daunte Wright’s family directly, donate at their GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dauntes-funeral-and-burial-cost

Sahan Journal has other ways to help: https://sahanjournal.com/helping-out/how-to-help-brooklyn-center-daunte-wright/

How to Support Daunte Wright’s Family Following the 20-Year-Old’s Killing by Police: https://www.popsugar.com/news/how-to-support-daunte-wright-family-after-his-death-48267991
Read Springboard for the Arts latest newsletter to find more resources on other Black-led artist organizations and their Guaranteed Income for Artists Pilot program: https://mailchi.mp/springboardforthearts.org/springboard-newsletter-4-15-21?e=0e28ffe39b
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