At a time like this, we are poignantly reminded of the profound words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Our lives begin to end the day that we remain silent about things that matter.” Having witnessed lethal police violence with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in the past few months, and that of so many before them, we are all deeply disturbed and heartbroken.
Sadly, we also reached an unimaginable milestone last week with the number of people in the United States who have died from COVID-19 surpassing 100,000, with black, Latinx and indigenous populations experiencing higher mortality rates. We grieve the loss of their lives and the health inequities that continue to disproportionately plague people of color and those in poverty, and remain determined to be part of the change that we must see in the world.
As we mourn the cruel and senseless loss of their lives, we are committed to stand alongside those who seek positive change, equity and justice for all.
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