Black Lives Matter
Statement from VLP
VLP staff and our volunteers see firsthand the disparate and negative impact that the economic and justice systems have on communities of color.
Our clients come to us facing seemingly insurmountable odds as they attempt to get fit and habitable housing, as they try to stay afloat in an economy driven by the high income and wealth of the few. Daily we work to equalize that impact and, through advocacy, give our client community the stability and tools to live the life they deserve.
Today, we want to acknowledge and shout that the murdering of Black citizens by law enforcement, the people who are hired to protect and defend, is a scourge of epic proportions. The pain and heartache of the families, the loss of valuable lives, the seething soul robbing anger, the death of trust, the stark realization that justice is not available to you, your friends, your sons and daughters robs our communities of their opportunities to realize their value and unique contribution.
VLP stands firm beside our Black colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors in the fight for safety, justice, and peace. We take this stand because Black Lives Matter. We commit to advocating for access to justice. We commit to quality representation.
We commit to the belief that with an expectation that justice will be served, the Black community can come also to expect and demand that no more die at the hands of racism fueled brutality. VLP demands the same.
–Executive Director, Joanna Allison
Healthcare Resources for Black & Indigenous People of Color
- Mind the Gap: a Handbook of Clinical Signs and Symptoms in Black and Brown skin
- 5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism
- 13 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Cope Right Now
- 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country
- 55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color
HEAR BLACK STORIES
- 13th (documentary)
- Amber Ruffin’s “Why We Need a White History Month” (clip)
- Atlanta’s Missing And Murdered: The Lost Children (documentary)
- Brother Outsider (documentary)
- Dear White People (fiction – film and series)
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (documentary)
- Do the Right Thing (fiction)
- Hate Thy Neighbor (docu-series)
- LA 92 (documentary)
- Major! The Life and Campaigns of Miss Major (documentary)
- Moonlight (fiction)
- Paris is Burning (documentary)
- What Happened, Miss Simone? (documentary)
- Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas (docu-series)
- Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by Congressman John Lewis
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- “Black History Month 2021: The only way forward is through, together,” by Nichelle Smith, USA Today (article)
- “Casually Anti-Black Behaviors You Need to Quit Now,” by Sharai O’Connor, author’s blog (article)
- “Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others,” Pepperdine Online Graduates Blog (article)
- “How the Colonial History of Hypersexualization Obscures the Possibility of Black Asexuality,” by Sherronda J. Brown (article)
- “I’m Black and Asexual. Stop Being So Surprised,” by Delta B. McKenzie (article)