“We call for an end to the senseless loss of life

we continue to witness in our communities”


A Message from:
Roxann Thomas Chargois
WA Director

b1b9c5fd-f7c7-417e-a5db-79ab76e1f443Black lives deserve the same level of  dignity, respect, humanity, and presumed innocence as  afforded to every other citizen in this country. To that end, I ask  for your support of the  Black Lives Matter Resolution (see below) which was unanimously approved by the members of the WA Board and United States Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Sheila Jackson Lee. 

The Black Lives Matter Resolution references two Legislative bills, the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act of 2015 (LETIA) H.R. 2875 and the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 (ERPA), H.R. 1933, S 1056, both of which have been advocated for by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). LETIA and ERPA both seek radical reform of policing practices, policies, and laws at all levels.  

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Black Lives Matter Resolution

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links Incorporated, comprised of 59 Chapters and 2,000 members, connected in Friendship and Service, are dismayed and alarmed over the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the shooting of therapist Charles Kinsey; and are equally shocked and saddened by the deaths of Dallas, TX and Baton Rouge, LA police officers murdered and injured in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, these incidents are but the most recent in a continuing series of unwarranted shootings and murders of African American men, women and children, numbering in excess of 100 officer involved shootings across the United States in 2016 alone; and,

WHEREAS these shootings have occurred with limited widespread public outcry, and with limited judicial redress; prompting African Americans to believe that: their lives are not valued, the Black community is excluded from legal protection of their civil rights, and their lives can be taken with impunity; and,

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated shares in the sorrow, tears and frustration, of the Black Community, and mourns the loss of Black lives who mattered to their families, friends, community, and nation; and whose dreams, aspirations, and gifts to this nation have been prematurely terminated; and,

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated shares in the sorrow of the families and communities that have been impacted by the ambush of law enforcement officers, and mourns their loss, and recognizes that Blue Lives Matter no less, nor more, than Black Lives Matter, and realize that police officers are community servants, neighbors, friends, and family members; and,

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated advocates for restorative justice, reconciliation of law enforcement/African American community relations, mutual respect between law enforcement and the African American Community, and building and sustaining trust between the African American community and law enforcement; and,

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated seeks to reduce implicit bias, and disparate fear of African Americans, especially disproportionate fear of African American males by all citizens, but especially by law enforcement, and;

WHEREAS, the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated seeks to affirm the value of Black lives and respect for the dignity of all citizens; and asks that our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens of all races mourn with us and engage in a dialogue that will foster mutual understanding, and recognition of the humanity in each person; and

WHEREAS, the Western Area The Links, Incorporated believes that a path to positive change and open community dialogue, can be promoted by the passage of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act of 2015 (LETIA) H.R. 2875, and the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 (ERPA), H.R. 1933, S. 1056, both of which have been advocated for by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and,

WHEREAS, LETIA and ERPA will provide radical reform of policing practices, policies, and laws at all levels, because the current system of policing is resulting in the loss of too many lives;

NOW therefore be it resolved, that the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated urges all chapters, and members to support the passage of these two pieces of legislation, to contact their Congressional representatives to advocate for their passage, and to seek support of their passage in all of their spheres of influence.

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Chapter
Endorsements

The Western Area’s Black Lives Matter Resolution has been endorsed by the following chapters:

  • Alameda Contra Costa (CA) Chapter
  • Anchorage (AK) Chapter
  • Austin (TX) Chapter
  • Bakersfield (CA) Chapter
  • Beverly Hills West (CA) Chapter
  • Channel Islands (CA) Chapter
  • Claremont Area (CA) Chapter
  • Colorado Springs (CO) Chapter
  • Dallas (TX) Chapter
  • Eden Rose (CA) Chapter
  • Fort Worth (TX) Chapter
  • Gulf Coast Apollo (TX) Chapter
  • Greater Denton County (TX) Chapter
  • Greater Pearland Area (TX) Chapter
  • Hawaii (HI) Chapter
  • Houston (TX) Chapter
  • Las Vegas (NV) Chapter
  • Lone Star (TX) Chapter
  • Los Angeles (CA) Chapter
  • Mid-Cities (TX) Chapter
  • Oakland Bay Area (CA) Chapter
  • Palos Verdes (CA) Chapter
  • Pasadena Altadena (CA) Chapter
  • Peninsula Bay (CA) Chapter
  • Phoenix (AZ) Chapter
  • Portland (OR) Chapter
  • Sacramento (CA) Chapter
  • San Antonio (TX) Chapter
  • San Bernardino Valley (CA) Chapter
  • San Diego (CA) Chapter
  • San Francisco (CA) Chapter
  • San Jose (CA) Chapter
  • Solano County (CA) Chapter
  • Tacoma (WA) Chapter
  • Texas Spring Cypress (TX) Chapter
  • Trinity (TX) Chapter
  • Town Lake (TX) Chapter
  • Tucson (AZ) Chapter
  • Waco Central (TX) Chapter
Supporting
Collaborators

The following organizations endorse the Western Area’s Black Lives Matter Resolution:

  • Los Angeles Chapter of Jack & Jill
  • The Society, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter
  • The League of Allied Arts
  • Waco (TX) Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
  • Waco (TX) – Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated

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