TAP Letter in Response to Systemic Racial Injustices

Artist: L’Merchie Frazier. Images left to right: Quilt: from the Target Series, “I Matter;” Photograph: Protest Rally, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Franklin Park, Boston with Shattuck Hospital in background; Quilt: from the Target Series, “I Matter”

The Transformative Action Project/Violence Transformed exists and remains committed to its mission to address the impact of violence, trauma and crisis on individuals and groups through the vehicles of mindfulness and the creative arts to support the evolution of an equitable society.

In light of recent events TAP shares in the outrage over the injustices in the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and many other black, brown and Indigenous people across the nation and their families, who have suffered the impact of systemic racism in America. These events have shined light on a topic that demands much more attention.

TAP/Violence Transformed is in solidarity with those who struggle with the weight of these persistent forms of racism. We commit ourselves as partners in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. In our work to promote the value and voice of every human being we acknowledge that structural inequities have excluded individuals and communities from opportunity must be eradicated and makes clear the necessity of our commitment to countering those inequities that have spanned generations since the inception of this nation. Events of recent days remind us of just how urgent this work is and that it will continue to actively help advance anti-racism efforts for a fair, diverse and equitable society.

Mindful practice and participation in creative arts is our critical vehicle for social justice and social change. We stand to promote equality. We invite all to join with us in our work as we actively unite and collaborate with those who support this vision. In solidarity we invest in the hope of coming together to mobilize our resources for positive growth towards a more racially, socially and economically just future.

6/2/2020
L’Merchie Frazier
On behalf of the Staff of the Transformative Action Project

CLICK HERE for an open letter from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA), a major funder of TAP activities.


 

MOVA Letter in Response to Recent Tragedies of Violence

June 1, 2020

Good afternoon,

We at the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance are greatly saddened and angered by the recent tragedies and the widespread violence taking place across our country. Our hearts are with the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more lost to senseless acts of violence. The grave injustices experienced by these families, and so many Black Americans, must be addressed through thoughtful and inclusive change.

As a government agency, MOVA is dedicated to ensuring that all crime victims equitably receive rights and services under the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights. We know systemic barriers and marginalization disproportionately perpetuate crime in communities of color across our Commonwealth. As we continue to fulfill our mission to uphold and advance the rights of crime victims, MOVA is committed to ensuring programming and services are accessible to all victims and survivors.

We cannot and will not do this alone. We will collaborate with partners and stakeholders to make informed decisions addressing victim rights for all populations. We will continue to stand with our community through these unconscionable tragedies.

For anyone struggling or experiencing trauma with the recent events taking place across our country, know that you are not alone. Help is available.

For free resources in MA, visit www.mass.gov/askMOVA or call (844)-878–MOVA (6682).

If you’re experiencing distress due to the recent events, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 to be connected with a trained professional.

Wishing you and your loved ones peace and health.

Liam Lowney
Executive Director
Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance