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Black Southern Women's Collaborative Remembers Victims of Buffalo Mass Shooting

BUFFALO – The Black Southern Women’s Collaborative today remembered the victims of the racist massacre at a TOPS Grocery Store in Buffalo, New York on May 15, 2022. Payton Gendron, just 19-years-old at the time, killed 10 people after targeting the predominantly Black neighborhood. Members of the Collaborative - which includes members from Florida (Faith in Florida), Georgia (the New Georgia Project), Louisiana (the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice), Mississippi (Southern Echo), and Tennessee (Memphis Artists for Change) – released the following statement:

“The continued gun violence in America has become an epidemic,” said Rev. Rhonda Thomas, executive director of Faith in Florida. “No one is safe. Our families and children are no longer safe in schools, universities, malls, movie theaters, and grocery stores. Many lawmakers choose to ignore or not address the safety of all Americans. I am unsure what more it would take for this matter to be resolved. My prayers and thoughts go out to the residents of Buffalo, New York.”

“We continue to send our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the victims’ families,” said Kendra Cotton, executive director of the New Georgia Project. “No amount of time will erase the injustice of the brazen, racist attack. My hope is that the Buffalo community, and our nation in general, will experience a level of healing that includes accountability for domestic terrorists like Gendron, resources for the impacted community, and infrastructure investments which would aid Buffalo in moving forward.”

“One of the things this horrific mass shooting has taught us is that words have weight and bring consequences,” said Ashley K. Shelton, founder and president of the Power Coalition for Equity & Justice. “For years, the far right has peddled lies and racist conspiracy theories that have created an environment where Americans are fearful of their neighbors, particularly those who are Black and brown. Payton Gendron believe in replacement theory which was promoted by many conservative news hosts as well as by former President Trump. One aspect of justice is holding accountable people who profit and promote hatred and lies.”

“Our communities are tired of being hyper-vigilant in response to one instance after another of Black trauma and pain,” said Nsombi Lambright, executive director of Southern Echo. “We will continue organizing and resisting injustice in all its forms.”


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