San Francisco, CA: Once again with heavy hearts Rising Tide North America released this statement on the police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile:
“Rising Tide North America stands in solidarity with the friends and loved ones of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile,both murdered, respectively, by racist police departments in Baton Rouge, La and St. Paul, Mn.
We condemn the actions of the white officers who committed these horrible acts and the racist police state which systematically destroys the lives of black men, their families and communities of color across the country. We condemn the rhetoric of leaders in both political parties, police officials and media opinion-makers who normalize and defend this system.
We demand justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Rising Tide North America is a continental network of climate justice groups and individuals committed to challenging the root causes of climate change, including capitalism and institutional racism. We stand for social, racial, environmental and climate justice. We are committed to working with and alongside frontline communities.
We can only address climate change by exposing the intersections between the oppression of humans, communities and the planet. In order to create a livable and just future for all, we work toward the empowerment of marginalized communities and the dismantling of the systems of oppression that keep us divided.
In this moment, we call on our friends and community in the climate justice movement to join the fight for racial justice and confront white supremacy. As we’ve said before: Our fight for climate justice is inextricably connected with racial justice. We cannot have the one without the other.
We demand justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile!”