CHANGE staff and board recognize the pain and suffering of those who have lost loved ones to police brutality and racist attacks. We stand in solidarity with the activists in Minneapolis and around the country in demanding #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd, calling for an end to police violence, and declaring that Black Lives Matter.
Anti-black racism is the foundation upon which our institutions were built and they continue to restrict, harm, and take the lives of Black women, Black men, Black youth, Black children, and Black trans and nonbinary people. We shouldn’t need visual evidence of these atrocities to incite and demand change. We need to listen to and TRUST the lived experiences of communities of color. We need to proclaim that Black Lives Matter and do the work that proves we mean it. We need to denounce white supremacy and support leaders who are working to dismantle anti-Black racism.
CHANGE stands firmly in solidarity against racial injustice and state-sponsored violence. We condemn the militarization of police that is often targeted at and results in the death of people of color.
We recognize how racism and white supremacy are explicitly structural, sustained, and amplified by institutions like law enforcement. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and people of color and dedicate ourselves to dismantling white supremacy, neo-colonialism, and racism. We demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the millions of Black people who have historically and currently experienced violence and brutality every single day because of racism. We can and must do better.
Today and every day, as a U.S. organization, CHANGE recognizes its disproportionate power and privilege in the world. We remain committed to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in our operations, programs and partnerships. We seek to shed the legacy of racial terror and oppression in the United States and around the world.