George Floyd’s murder by a police officer in Minneapolis has been captured on video, and spread throughout the world. This display of violence has caused many to take a stand for the ongoing structural racism found in the police forces around the world, including Luxembourg’s own Lëtz Rise Up organization.
The Demands of the March
On Friday, June 5, 2020 Lëtz Rise Up will be hosting a demonstration at the American Embassy to show solidarity with black Americans. Lëtz Rise Up is a feminist and anti-racist organization that was founded in 2019 to campaign against all forms of bias inclusing gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and disability bias.
Lëtz Rise Up President Sandrine Gashonga released a statement of intent for the march with an explanation for their cause. Gashonga touched on the idea of fear being displayed in the American public.
“We want black people to be able to send their children to school without fear of aggression,”Gashonga said.
Gashonga demanded an end to the murder of innocent human beings based on the color of their skin.
“No longer can we allow the perpetrators of these crimes to go unpunished,”Gashonga said.
Police Violence Happens Everywhere
The statement went on to say that the group expresses its support for organizations in Belgium and France fighting for a similar cause. France’s Vérité pour Adama and Belgium’s Comité Mawda Justice-Vérité are also campaigning against police violence and impunity for law enforcement officers.
“We are well aware of how the police treat those who are not white,”Gashonga said.
More about Lëtz Rise Up
Lëtz Rise Up is a group campaigning against all forms of exclusion. Their work includes the planning and design of training courses, conferences and other cultural events. Their niche cause is promoting the welfare of vulnerable women who are subject to intersecting forms of discrimination.
For more information about Lëtz Rise Up and the March for Justice, visit their website at www.letzriseup.com.