Statement of Unity
Three of the most established civil rights organizations in America are coming together on July 2, 2020, the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to host a Unity Rally Against Racism.
These historic organizations have served on the front lines defending and promoting racial equality, civil rights and justice for generations of blacks, browns and other underrepresented peoples. Now, they have united to show solidarity around issues of systemic racial injustice and to defend individual and collective freedoms for all peoples.
Our nation is crying out for change, turning desperately to leadership for help and guidance. While we have come a long way since 1964, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other victims compel us to seek new enforcements in the Civil Rights Act to ensure that the right to life, liberty, and freedom does not become a forgotten casualty of the moment.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation for its time. It enforced the constitutional right to vote, empowered the U.S. district courts to provide relief against discrimination in public accommodations, authorized the Attorney General to protect constitutional civil rights in all public places and public education, extended the Commission on Civil Rights to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, and established a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity. Now is the time to upgrade and reinforce this cornerstone of equality and protection.
We will not stand for unchecked police brutality. We will not stand for the systematized targeting and slaying of Black and Latino Americans. We will not stand by as the very power structures put in place to protect us instead terrorize us with violence. We will not go quietly; we will not rest until we are safe and free. We are paying attention — and we are outraged.
The NAACP, LULAC, and the Houston Area Urban League hereby call on the President of the United States and the United States Congress to commence an immediate reevaluation of the Civil Rights Act, to strengthen its protections, and to dramatically expand the scope of its impact.
Gary Bledsoe, NAACP
Domingo Garcia , LULAC National President
Judson Robinson III, Houston Area Urban League