Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates stands in solidarity with the family of Mike Brown, and all people throughout our region who call for justice and an end to violence against communities of color. We heed the call of Michael Brown, Sr., that his son’s death not be in vain. MIRA holds to the central value that communities are stronger when everyone is respected, safe, and welcome. This is clearly not the case for too many in the St Louis region and across the country. We are dedicated to the long-haul struggle of fighting structural racism, racial profiling, and discrimination. We ask local, state, and federal leaders to join us in this struggle.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Just as demonstrators are urged to practice non-violence, we call on responding law enforcement to protect protester’s First Amendment rights, and not repeat the dangerous aggression against civilians that was experienced this summer. Only when our entire community comes together with respect for the dignity for all our neighbors, will our community find peace.