One Struggle KC is a coalition of community activists seeking to harness the energy of Ferguson, Missouri in an effort to connect the struggles of oppressed communities, locally and globally.
The time for division among those communities and peoples who share a common struggle is over. According to a recent study, in 2012, at least 313 black Americans were extrajudicially killed by police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes. The Brookings Institute released a study this year that found white people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it. Right now, migrant families are being torn apart due to inhumane immigration policies enacted by the U.S. Government. The current U.S. administration has deported more people than any other administration in the history of the United States. Families are fleeing Central American countries due to violence stemming from decades of destabilization of governments by the United States. In Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, 43 students are missing while the Mexican government turns a blind eye. The Palestinian people are facing genocide, in which the West is complicit. “Occupy Central” protesters in Hong Kong are in the streets demanding full Democracy from the government.
We stand with Ferguson and oppressed communities everywhere when we say “One Struggle!” Recognizing that there is Una Lucha, One Struggle KC aims to engage the Kansas City community by beginning a much-needed conversation discussing how all oppression is linked. The Ferguson uprising occurred because of years of anti-black law enforcement violence. That same violence is inflicted upon communities of color and poor communities in the Kansas City area and beyond. Disproportionate policing in communities of color and poor communities has led to an unprecedented incarceration rate of members of those communities, which feeds the Prison Industrial Complex (including immigration detention centers) that profits off the backs of Black and Brown communities.
This must end! But we must be the ones who end it! And we can only end it by building solidarity among the affected communities. No longer will we stand by while a few profit off the misery of our communities. Our struggles are distinct, but they are linked. WE are connected. WE are Ferguson. As Frederick Douglass declared so many years ago, the destiny of people of color is “bound up with that of the white people of this country.”
There is but One Struggle – the one for Liberation from state oppression! Join us.
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