We are devastated by the recent police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, the many killings that came before, and the countless acts of brutal racist violence throughout our nation's history. We extend our deepest condolences to all the families for their senseless, profound, and irreparable loss. We recognize that racism has been built into the fabric and foundation of our nation. Our collective outrage is not in response only to isolated or recent police brutality, but rather a system of white supremacy evident in our housing, education, healthcare, financial, and criminal punishment systems.
As COVID-19 kills black people at nearly three times the rate of white people, and communities of color are doing the majority of essential work while experiencing the most acute economic devastation; as some prioritize "reopening the economy" over the communities of color and poor people whose lives are most at risk; as people struggle to make ends meet without a living wage, we acknowledge the need for real transformation. Our mission at SCC has always been to work towards equity, and we continue to believe that justice and healing are possible.
In order to begin that real transformation in our work and community, SCC is committing to examining our members’ interactions with the police and creating a safe community forum to discuss those experiences honestly. We are creating a staff working group with community liaisons to explore ways to better assist our residents and members, as well as look at alternative programs and initiatives we can support. We also invite our members and members of the community to offer statements about how their lives are being affected by racism, policing, and inequity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We must come together to dismantle structural racism and white supremacy. We are deeply committed to working alongside our beloved Somerville community towards real equity, justice, and opportunity for all. Together, we will persevere.