We the People are leading for change. As we look forward to 2016, it is important to reflect on previous years and demand a better future. Doing so will take a commitment to certain principles and truths; in particular, it will take a commitment to the principles of collective action and reflection to bring forth the truth of racial justice. In pursuit of this truth, it is important that the foundation we stand on is strong and that our rationale is sound. The foundation we stand on is racial justice and our rationale is sound – every day we choose not to live racial justice, we are living a lie.
In telling the truth about racial justice, We the People must include the perspectives and voices of American Indian communities and communities of color, with power equally shared. No one voice or perspective defines our collective narrative. Our voices for racial justice subject the U.S. Constitution’s narrative of We the People to public critique. Our narrative elevates the voices of American Indian communities and communities of color, and our analyses of policies and practices that continue to oppress us. We believe that it is through this collective voice that we will build power – together – and begin the process of healing from centuries of trauma suffered from living under racial oppression.Download PDF