The Black Zebra Impact Team was violently attacked by a Proud Boy on Feb 20, 2022, while documenting a banner drop in Rancho Cordova. While the BZ Impact Team seeks accountability, healing, and protection, we will not be engaging with law enforcement or the criminal legal system. We are abolitionists and firsthand witnesses to how these systems not only lack effectiveness but have favored and colluded with the Proud Boys and other white supremacist groups. We are confident the carceral state will be unable to produce the accountability, healing, and protection we are seeking.

 

BZ Impact Team would like to take the space to give those reading this letter some history and experiences to illustrate why we will not be subjecting our mostly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color that make up our team, to the harmful and racist law enforcement and criminal legal systems.

 

Here is a recent history of incidents in Sacramento:

 

Feb 2022 Sue Frost Caught Organizing With Proud Boys & Local Militia Groups:

 

Stop The Steal Attacks:

 

 

Proud Boys Looking For Black People to Jump in Sacramento to Move up in Ranks:

 

Proud Boys Jump Black Person at CCP, Sac Police Then Arrest Black Person:

 

 

Lawsuit on Differences of Treatment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally, called a criminal: how police targeted a black activist":

 

 

 

 

Given all of these incidents, and more that are not included in this letter, the Black Zebra Impact Team has absolutely no faith in the capacity of the systematically and infiltrated law enforcement, criminal legal, or carceral systems to protect us.

 

Abolitionists believe community safety is achieved through community building and mutual care, not through the use of cages. The pervasive racism within our community cannot be eradicated with a day in court, or by reaching out to the institutions that have historically harmed and oppressed us. Locking someone in a cage, even this attacker, while perhaps vindicating, does little to promote the possibility of a world free from harmful and oppressive tools which have loomed over our communities for far too long. We can find accountability, healing, and protection from each other, through infrastructures of community care.

 

We would like to ask community members to help us reassure the Black, Brown, Indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQ+ community members who have been neglected and harmed for years, that the below signed community members and organizations are against the Proud Boys and other white supremacist groups organizing within our city.

 

 

Sign Ons:

 

Black Zebra Impact Team