SONG, Southerners on New Ground, reacted to the decisions from the Supreme Court this week by releasing what they call their “love song” to their friends and allies in the movement.
“We know that here in the South our SONG family will be grappling with the reality of our lives, many of which have been made worse by the Supreme Court’s rulings affecting Affirmative Action, the Voting Rights Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act and the 5th Amendment,” the Atlanta based group wrote in their release which continued:
While the court also struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, SONG knows that all the good that can radiate out from those decisions is because the climate around the lives and realities of LGBTQ people in our country has changed. Why has it changed? Because LGBTQ people and our families, friends and allies have made it change. We have come out, we have transformed our lives and each other, and we have built power in countless ways. That work makes these moments happen AND we still have so much work to do together as LGBTQ people…. the regression and contradictions of the decisions affecting People of Color in this country highlight that reality.
We know that in times like these we need each other and that we must turn to each other in the spirit of our collective survival. There is still much work to be done in order to bring the reality of true justice home to the South: so join us in Marrying the Movement: until every LGBTQ person has full dignity, safety, and liberation.
Looking for a way to respond to this historic week? SONG is looking for financial and social media help to get their video out to allies. Find out more at SONG.
While activists celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA, the Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act proves there is more work to be done.