Acknowledging the Deep Roots of Racial Injustice

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January 17, 2022
A Black person's hand moving across a page that says "Slavery did not end, it evolved"

Content warning: the following video contains images and discussion about slavery, lynching, mass incarceration, and other racist violence.

In June 2019, 20 GRID Alternatives staff members were selected to visit the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. We took this trip, including staff from across GRID’s departments and regions, in order to live into our commitment to address racial injustice, as an organization and individually. 

Everyone who went was profoundly impacted by the deep roots of racial injustice that still reside in this country. The trip strengthened our awareness of the intersectional fight for climate justice - a healthy planet for all means toppling all systems of oppression. The cohort, organized by Irasema Garcia, Ashley Perez, and Wanda Lee-Florestine, continues to meet regularly to discuss and address issues of justice and equity at our organization.

A staff member reflected "This experience made it very clear that slavery has not ended. It evolved."

Watch this powerful video by Marissa Leshnov, capturing images from the museum and memorial and the cohort's insights on their trip. The trip continues to help GRID reframe the work that we do through an intersectional lens. It strengthened our awareness that our fight for climate justice and a healthy planet for all is connected to toppling all systems of oppression.