Mourning the losses in Charleston

Some crimes are too hard to face, too much to bear. The murders of nine churchgoers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina disheartens, outrages, appalls, agonizes us. We mourn their loss. We condemn the violent actions of the killer, and the poisonous culture that makes violence against Black people a common occurrence. We honor the long history of African American/Black churches in the social justice movement and the great courage members have shown in the face of violent opposition.

Advocates for Youth believes Black lives matter today and every day. Young people are working for a time when everyone can live free from violence and fear.