“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us,'” Beyonce Knowles writes in a powerful open letter posted on her website (hat tip to Variety) about the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.
Both deaths were recorded — Sterling’s on a cell phone video that quickly went viral, Castile’s during a Facebook Live stream that his girlfriend began broadcasting in the moments after he was shot during a traffic stop — and have spread like wildfire on social media and mainstream outlets. A series of protests quickly spawned, and Knowles seems intent on adding her powerful voice to the situation (and likely magnifying a very important message).
“We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn in to protest us should consistently go unpunished,” Knowles writes in her statement. “These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.”
And it’s not just words that Knowles is offering — the statement also includes a call to action to click through to contact politicians and legislators to make sure “your voice will be heard.”
You can read Beyonce Knowles’ full statement below, and be sure to visit her website to click through for important contact information.