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MLK Institute’s Statement on January 2021 Attacks in Washington DC

Pro-Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as a mob breaches the building on Jan. 6. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence – whose mission is to advance racial equity in all our communities by educating youth and adults in nonviolent activism for justice – issued a statement, Sunday addressing the ‘Chaos At The Capitol.’

Did we have any doubts about the pervasiveness and power of white supremacy? Or about the stark contrasts between law enforcement’s responses to those who violently attacked our nation’s Capitol Building versus its utter suppression of nonviolent Black Lives Matter protests? 

What we already knew is in others’ faces now, and even mainstream folks are naming it: the forces of rampant racism—active, conscious and complicit. 

Dr. King had no doubts, and he faced these challenges head on. So must we. Blacks, Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx people, immigrants, LBGTQ communities and more need our aggressive participation in confronting hatred, bigotry and oppression.

We are determined. 

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

About The Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence: The Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1988 to address growing race-based violence and anti-Semitic attacks throughout Westchester County. Twenty-eight years later they organization has broadened our work and still carry it forward. Inspired by Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, they facilitate nonviolent action for social justice and they learn and teach nonviolence as a way of life.  

Since its formation, the MLK Institute for Nonviolence has brought nonviolence to youth and young adults: through conflict resolution programs in Ossining schools, for example; working closely with artist and educator Lord Judah to give young adults the chance to create hip-hop music based on principles of nonviolence; and bringing counter-military recruitment to local schools and church groups. The MLK Institute holds an annual “Ending Violence, Building Hope” conference at Manhattanville College to establish open dialogue between law enforcement officers and young people. Their free lending library for the public, the MLK Freedom Library, offers a unique and inspiring collection to all ages, and features special programs and events for children and youth. 

The MLK Institute works with many organizations throughout Westchester County, particularly collaborating with the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform and the Interfaith Connection on events and programs to emphasize dialogue and community organizing to effect sustainable change. 

They believe that nonviolence grows both through resistance to injustice and in the hearts of individuals, and creates ripples of influence and change as it is practiced in daily living. At their annual Celebration of Champions we celebrate organizations that reflect the ethic of nonviolence through the impact of their community work in social justice and advocacy.  

Their goal is to create safe spaces in our communities that empower youth and adults, and support inclusiveness, courage and peace. Through collaborative relationships, they advocate for justice, equity and shared power for all. Their work increases awareness about violence in our communities and the power of using nonviolent alternatives.

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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