A Message from the PresidentLeave a Comment
Over the past months, black communities have been hit harder than others by COVID-19 with a disproportionate number of diagnoses and deaths. The compounding effects of centuries of systemic racism are highlighting the always-there barriers to access for African Americans to healthcare, quality food, public benefits, jobs, living wages, and so much more. These inequities are only worsened by the current public health crisis. And now we must also face another tragedy stemming from an inherently racist system – the killing of George Floyd by police. He joins a long list of names of people of color who have also died at the hands of police brutality – Breonna Taylor, Antwon Rose II, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin (the list, unfortunately, goes on). Black lives matter, and so we must condemn the violence and demand justice. Always.
Please know that we stand behind our Pittsburgh communities, and particularly our Black community, during this tough time. We see you. We hear you. We support you. We will continue to support you by demanding racial equity and justice wherever we occupy space and by working to create a more equitable city through all of our work.
As more areas begin to reopen after months of stay-at-home orders, we must also remember not to rush to return to “normal.” Normal isn’t working for our black residents and other marginalized communities. Normal isn’t equitable.
Instead, we will stand beside you to rebuild a society where you are not only safe, healthy, and heard, but thriving and able to benefit from the city’s growth. Black Lives Matter. Your voices matter. You deserve to be heard, and we are dedicated to supporting you.
From all of us at Neighborhood Allies, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones.
Be safe and well.