The Viatorian Community joins with members of NETWORK — made up of advocates for social justice, inspired by Catholic sisters — in honoring the fundamental dignity of all life.

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, joined faith leaders outside of the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. to declare that Black Lives Matter and Black lives are sacred to God. Together, the speakers demanded the immediate cessation of racist police abuse of protesters; accountability for the white supremacist killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery; and called our nation to end systematic racism everywhere from the local courthouse to the White House.

“To respect the dignity of human life, we must oppose systemic racism, structural oppression, and violence,” Sr. Simone wrote. “These result from our nation’s white supremacist origins and harm the Black community every day here in the United States. The coronavirus pandemic’s disproportionate effect on both the physical health and the economic wellbeing of Black individuals and families is further evidence of this systemic racism. Now, fervent protests are a call to the conscience of our nation. How are you responding?

“Now is the time to examine our country’s past, challenge current policies, and envision a new future with racial justice and equity at the forefront on every issue.”

Here is a link to Sr. Simone’s remarks.