May 25, 2020, our community and world experienced—and re-experienced—feelings of grief, loss and anger at injustices that have occurred for far too long—issues we have grappled with as a nation for years. April 20, 2021, we recognize the weight of this moment and will remember this day and the outpouring of emotion felt by so many.
Yesterday’s historic verdict is an important one, but one guilty verdict does not solve the systemic injustices enacted upon Black and Brown bodies. To call it justice implies true restoration, rather it is accountability that begins—recognition of the work that still needs to be done. The need for reform is ongoing in order to move us forward as a society before true change and healing can occur. We must continue to say George Floyd’s name and the names of all victims of police violence.
During these times we remain committed to amplifying under-recognized voices, and providing a platform for critical engagement around social and cultural issues through art and ideas. We will continue to reflect upon how we can be instrumental in bringing about change. Our work has begun internally, and together, we can, and will continue toward creating a more just and equitable society.
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