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To Be Silent Is To Be Complicit. #BlackLivesMatter

June 1, 2020

As protestors fill our streets to call for an end to police brutality and violence against Black people, we stand in solidarity with them. For far too long, our Black neighbors, clients and colleagues have been subjected to systemic racism that has plagued this country since its founding. This racism has resulted in dehumanizing policies, language and actions by elected officials, our criminal justice system, and so many police departments around the country. The latest high-profile murders of unarmed Black people, the inequitable impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color, and centuries of racial and economic oppression have pushed communities across the country to demand change now. We demand it as well.

This is a moment in which silence is not an option. For racial justice to prevail in our country, we must all do our part to dismantle systemic racism. We are committed to standing with Black communities to demand accountability from police, elected officials, and others who are responsible for keeping us safe. We are committed to continuing our work to uproot the systemic racism that plagues far too many of our institutions, including the legal system. We are also committed to continuing our work for systemic change in the areas of education, youth justice, child welfare, city planning, and many others, where structural bias too often harms communities of color.

We stand with the protestors calling for meaningful reforms to keep Black communities safe and healthy, and to ensure that they have access to equitable opportunities to grow, learn and thrive. And we mourn for the families and communities who have suffered loss of life and ongoing trauma. We hope you will join with us and commit to building a country where Black lives matter.

Margaret M. Morrow

President & CEO