SACRAMENTO, June 8, 2020—California Women Lawyers(CWL) stands with our fellow citizens in decrying the systemic racism that led to the killing of yet another Black man, Mr. George Floyd, in Minnesota. We have watched in dismay the senseless assaults on our fellow citizens exercising their rights to protest, and on the journalists who put themselves at risk to shine bright lights on abuse. Our sisters-in-the-law -- Black women, accomplished experts in their fields and respected for their skills, lie awake at night worried for the safety ofthemselves, their mothers, fathers, husbands, children, sisters, brothers, friends and peers. Enough!
Our proud members, found in each branch of government, in-house corporate counsel, solo to large law firms, non-profits, and courthouses across this great state, stand together in saying, ENOUGH!The first words of the United States Constitution, “We the people…”,exist to establish justice, freedom and equality for all the people.
In the coming days and months ahead, CWL will take steps to actively work to bring about systemic change in California, in our legal community, and beyond.
Join us to:
- Work closely with our sister bar organizations to convene open and honest conversations about race in the legal system and take proactive steps to address racial bias for attorneys and participants.
- Recognize that the power of the vote and the citizen’s voice in the legislative process are essential parts of a healthy democracy. CWL will engage with civil society advocates to educate and support fellow Californians, young and old, in understanding their rights to effectively engage in the democratic process.
- Identify, educate, and support the next generation of leaders who share the lived experiences of the communities they serve. ViaElect to RunandSo You Want To Be A Judge, CWL’s innovative, non-partisan programs developed to educate and encourage women to run for public office and apply to be a judge, we will provide tools and support for increasing the pool of diverse candidates in influential roles in society.
As the protests cease, many non-Black and Brown people have the privilege of returning to life as usual or the norm. Unfortunately, the norm that Black and Brown people have had to face has been that of oppression, racism, bigotry, and hate.Let’s co-create a new normal for all people!