RE Sources and The RE Store stand against racism, white supremacy, police violence and the ingrained structures and institutions that enable and perpetuate them.
We write this with the understanding of three vital truths that should be acknowledged during this troubling time. First, the police force’s long history of violence against Black people and people of color is reinforced by white silence and inaction — from individuals and organizations alike. Second, this is a time to center and elevate the voices of Black communities and leaders, and support their directives as we work to tear down systemic racism. Third, the movement to protect our environment has an unremedied racist history and present. Many environmentally focused orgs, including RE Sources and The RE Store, are still predominantly white, partially due to implicit biases, lack of diverse hiring and outreach practices.
#BlackLivesMatter, unequivocally. Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color are most harmed by environmental degradation *and* by police violence — Black leadership is central to the ongoing efforts to address environmental degradation and injustice. We are committed to following and amplifying their efforts.
We envision a future where every person benefits from clean energy, less pollution, and thriving outdoor places. That means this work to combat racism in ourselves, Northwest Washington, and beyond cannot stop after this current groundswell of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. We all have to sustain the momentum until the systems designed to maintain white supremacy and exploit Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color are dismantled. And that means talking openly and frankly about racism and committing to actions in support of justice and equity. Not just because more voices at the table will strengthen this movement. But because it saves lives, serves justice, and is simply the right thing to do.
One action that we are taking immediately to make a stand is by closing The RE Store at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Peaceful Solidarity Rally at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham.
If you live around Bellingham, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the legacy of racism right at home. We’ve also drawn up a blog post with additional resources for white allies seeking deeper understanding and ways to take action.
Here’s to never staying silent.