InterAction has released the following statement regarding the tragic death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed:
The death of George Floyd, following the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and a long list of others, is a tragic and painful reminder of the bias and violence that exist in our country. The protests on the streets are an outpouring reflecting the years of oppression, racism, and the victimization of people of color years after the abolition of slavery.
Now, more than ever, we must stand together as a community. We must recall our values, and find our strength in our principles.
We can not be quiet.
Peaceful protests have been a cornerstone of America’s democracy. It is the right of the American people to demonstrate against the deeply rooted concerns and well-documented examples of systemic racial injustice and police violence.
The voice of the peaceful protestors should not be silenced by militarized police tactics and the threat of martial law.
To our Black partners, Members, staff, friends, and family: no one ever should have to stand alone when trying to change the world.
We stand with you.