Open letter from BIPOC organizations
Updated: Jan 11, 2021
Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) organizers led millions in our country to march for justice and march to the polls. President-elect Biden’s win was due to the millions of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian American and Pacific Islander voters who turned out in record numbers to choose a future rooted in social justice and equity – a future where we all can thrive.
In Colorado this year we showed up and showed out. Voter turnout has far surpassed the 2016 count. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American voters paved the path to victory for Biden. It’s clear that our voting power is what made this election possible.
We voted in record numbers despite tactics to block us and discourage our communities. We endured disinformation campaigns, misleading robocalls, COVID-19, and lack of language access. The fact that our communities face systems of racism and oppression daily illustrates the need for this administration to see and listen to us. It is equally important to also recognize the efforts of grassroots, community organizing efforts led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) across the U.S. as we start the work to rebuild our nation together.
Elections are one moment in time and one way that we express collective power. We voted for our communities, not a political party. Today, we are celebrating our communities’ success. Tomorrow we’re back to holding you - our elected officials - accountable to do right by us. Remember Colorado BIPOC communities in funding and policy decisions you make, and in the narratives about our communities that you advance.
Our call for justice comes from BIPOC organizers and activists and allies of all races. It comes from neighborhoods in Denver and Glenwood, yes. And it comes from Atlanta, Detroit, and Kenosha, Philadelphia and Oakland, Phoenix and Las Vegas, East St. Louis and D.C.
From the U.S. to Mexico City, from Nigeria to Mali, we are part of a global movement fighting to dismantle the systems, policies and practices rooted in anti-Blackness. We are powerful. We are not going anywhere. And we are going to keep on winning on the issues that impact our communities.
Now it’s time for you, the elected we’ve helped to put in office, to stand for our communities. Stand with us. And when you take office on January 20, remember who you’re working for.
We are leaders of our own liberation.
Standing together on:
Police and Criminal Justice Reform
Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt
Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health