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Standing Against White Supremacy

Choose Love Over Fear handpainted sign
A handmade sign by Chloe Wilson used during the Charlottesville, Virginia counter-protest to the Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Justin McBrien.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are members of the Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism (SCoDR) and our elected leadership team belongs to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

We support the statements made by each organization and add our prayerful support and our continued assiduous effort to dismantle institutional racism and the dangerous misinformation that continues to fuel hate in our nation.

SCoDR statement

The Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism decries the multiple shooting deaths that occurred recently in Buffalo, New York, and laments the racist attitudes in this country that give rise to such virulent hatred and violence. We invite all like-minded people to join us in condemning this heinous act and steadfastly working towards eradicating racism in all its forms.

LCWR statement

Our hearts are breaking as we once again come face to face with the racial hatred and gun violence that infect our land. The members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious extend their condolences to the Buffalo community and all who lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors and we say once more violence and white supremacy cannot stand. Read more…

How to help

Catholic Charities in Buffalo, is working to identify the current needs of Buffalo’s East Side community and determining how of “offer direct, meaningful assistance” to the victim’s family and community. They offer counseling services in the eight counties of Western New York, and help residents with basic needs like food, toiletries, and diapers. “We stand ready to support and care for those who come to us in this time of tragedy,” said a statement on the charitable organization’s website. They have expanded hours at the food pantry in the East Side community where the shooting took place. Donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Western New York here.

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