The ACLU of New Hampshire stands in support of the Movement for Black Lives. We condemn the violence against Black people and communities in all its forms, from criminalization and incarceration to militarized policing and excessive use of force. We remember the lives of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tdontre Hamilton, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Freddie Grey, Sandra Bland, Philandro Castro, and the countless other victims of police misconduct. Police violence underscores the larger problem of systemic racism in our society – laws, public policies, institutional practices, and cultural representations that serve to reinforce and perpetuate racial inequity.
We must remain vigilant in our battles against racial injustice and institutional racism in housing, surveillance, criminal justice, education, voting rights, and more. We are committed to doing our part in coalition with our community and advocacy partners, to ensure the promises of freedom and equal treatment enshrined in the Constitution and civil rights laws are fully realized for all people.