May 28, 2020
Contact: Luisa Sosa, Vice President for Community Engagement
Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., Releases a Statement on Solidarity with Black Communities
Chicago, IL — Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is saddened and enraged over the historical and ongoing acts of violence against Black communities in the United States and most recently, the unconscionable murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. We send our deepest condolences to their families and demand true justice.
As a Latina-oriented sorority, we acknowledge our foundation is rooted with the influence and support of Black Greek organizations and therefore, we cannot remain silent. As an organization that values diversity and embraces many cultures, we stand in solidarity with Black communities, including our Black sisters and recognize the importance and urgency of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
There is a long history of police violence against Black communities, we encourage our membership to help disrupt these racial injustices by spreading awareness and taking action.
- Contact Minneapolis District Attorney, Mike Freeman and demand justice for George Floyd. 612-348-5550 https://www.hennepinattorney.org/about/contact
- Call Jacob Frey, 612-673-2100 and tell his office “I want justice for the murder of George Floyd. I demand the prosecution of the 4 officers involved.”
- Donate to the Official George Floyd: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd?fbclid=IwAR1RH12m-gP_0QYThbECTsUjyVuQTA4bEcJek1pokG-Yhhs1vg8XXfhz0R8
- Check any impulses to call the police on someone you may perceive as suspicious, the police have a demonstrated record of violence and disregard for humanity.
- Stop sharing videos of Black people being murdered.
- Listen to, uplift and amplify Black voices and experiences.
- Confront racial injustices you encounter in your professional and personal networks even when it is uncomfortable, especially among family and friends.