Legal Assistance for Seniors is always concerned about injustice against oppressed groups. At this time, it is vital that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. There is a well-documented, centuries-long history of racist, state-sanctioned violence towards Black individuals like Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, Ahmaud Arbery, and Trayvon Martin. Like so many, we are enraged and saddened by the police killings of Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Steven Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others.
This moment demands that we act with urgency in support of Black lives. We honor the bravery and respect the commitment of those protesting across the nation amidst a pandemic. This uprising gives us hope that there is a growing majority that is willing to fight for the systemic changes needed to dismantle White Supremacy and replace it with systems grounded in equality, justice, and opportunity for all. As an agency, we are proud to serve the diverse communities of Alameda County. It is sobering that the injustices that many of our clients and staff have endured over their lifetime are still faced by their children and grandchildren. We are committed to looking inward, educating ourselves, furthering the discussion, and doing the difficult, uncomfortable, and necessary work to combat racism and inequality in all forms