AFC Calls for Justice for Ralph Yarl

April 18, 2023

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is deeply saddened by the shooting of Ralph Yarl, a 16-year-old Black boy from Kansas City. We stand in solidarity with Ralph's family, friends, and the entire Black community in Kansas City and across America who continue to experience systemic racism and violence. We demand justice for Ralph, and for all victims of gun violence and racial injustice.

As an organization committed to fighting for change that centers the Black community, AFC recognizes the urgent need for transformative approaches to achieving justice and equity. We acknowledge the deep-seated history of racism and white supremacy that underpins this tragedy and so many others like it.

We believe that dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy requires listening to the voices and experiences of the Black community and following their leadership. We commit to working alongside community organizers, activists, and advocates to amplify their voices and push for meaningful change.

As we continue to keep Ralph Yarl and their family in our thoughts, we renew our commitment to fight for justice and equity for all. Racism is a public health crisis. We call on all members of our community to join us in this fight, to hold those in power accountable, and to create a more just and equitable world for future generations. 


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