- A statement by Dr. Tina Fetner, President of the Canadian Sociological Association, Chair of the Sociology Department at McMaster University, and Chair of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association.
“On this Juneteenth holiday, marking the end of slavery in the United States, protesters in support of Black Lives Matter are rising up across the nation to protest police violence against Black people. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd – as well as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and so many other Black and Brown people killed by police violence – we stand at a crossroads in which collective action has the potential to produce real social change. I stand with protesters on the streets, as well as the many more who support this movement from their homes. I have made a donation to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, and if you are interested in joining me in donating, here is a list of protestor bail funds that you might consider. Let us all sit with this moment to consider what changes we have the power to produce, and focus our energies on those areas.”