Our Response to the Death of George Floyd and Racial Injustice
We are filled with sorrow and frustration as we reflect on the death of George Floyd. We recognize how it enables terrible and violent action toward black people and other people of color across the country and here in Greater Takoma.
Injustice in the United States is not new. Until we address systemic racism and demand respect for all humans’ rights, injustice will remain.
The Takoma Foundation believes everyone has the right to equal access to justice and, as we continue our work to promote the social, environmental, economic, educational, and cultural interests of our neighborhoods, we are committed to eradicating racism and injustice in our community.
While racism exists throughout the country and in all levels of society, the solution starts in our own community. We can make changes here that have meaning and make a difference. We understand that change begins with us. We know that to succeed, we must combat racism and injustice at every level—from the personal to the organizational and beyond, to our society and our nation.
We believe all the people of Greater Takoma, and the United States, and the World, should be able to safely express their rights and ambitions without fear of persecution or violence.
We appeal for moral leadership that will honestly address the root causes of racism and we call on leaders across the United States—federal, state, and local—to dismantle the structural racism that persists in our society.
We must be better and do better. We thank you for your support.