FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Planned Parenthood Statement on Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters
St. Paul, MN – November 24, 2015 – Last night, three men shot five unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters at a peaceful gathering outside of the 4th police precinct in Minneapolis. The gathering has been going on since the police shooting of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man, one week ago. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of PPMNS.
“Planned Parenthood condemns the recent horrific incidents of violence against people of color and those who stand with them. Our thoughts and wishes are with the family of Jamar Clark and the peaceful protesters pursuing justice and equity.”
“Minnesota struggles with racial inequities in many sectors, notably criminal justice, education, and health care. While many in our community are working to address these issues, we must come together to think more deeply and act more boldly to address overt, subtle, and systemic racism in our communities and organizations.”
“Our community is not safe until no individual has a reason to fear for their safety because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. We must commit to addressing both the root causes and manifestations of entrenched racism and inequality in our state and our country. Only by engaging and persevering in this difficult work can we realize the just, equitable, and peaceful society we all want to live in.”
For more than 85 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to more than 65,000 women and men each year. Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org