KCSDV joins NNEDV in condemning racist mass shooting
|For immediate release: May 16, 2022
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) condemns the racist mass shooting that took place in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend. We are devastated by this hateful, targeting and killing of Black people, rooted in white supremacist violence, and we mourn for the senseless loss of life. We send our condolences to the families and communities of those who were murdered and send our thoughts for comfort to the community and to all those who have been physically and emotionally wounded by this violence.
This shooting marks yet another horrific reminder of the ways in which hate and violence against Black communities in America continue. The systems of white supremacy that motivated the Buffalo shooter are the same systems that continue to harm and oppress Black people across the country, every single day. These acts are intended to terrorize communities and we stand in grief and solidarity with them.
I want to be clear; statements alone are not enough. Our commitment to anti-violence work must continue and our commitment to anti-racist work must be more vocal and visible. We may fall short, but we simply must do better.
We know that all systemic violence is connected, and our work to end domestic violence cannot be separated from broader movements to end the violence of white supremacy and racism. NNEDV is committed to proceeding with humility, working within and across these movements, and to listening to the voices of those most marginalized, until everyone can live a life free from violence and without fear.
|For peace and safety,
Deborah J. Vagins
NNEDV President and CEO
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Founded in 1982 and celebrating 40 years of service this year, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking with a primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and social change efforts. Learn more at https://www.kcsdv.org/.
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