United Way statement in response to George Floyd's death

Friday, May. 29, 2020

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette believes that in order to achieve racial equity, we must unite as a society and commit to systemic change. Recent incidents involving violence and threats against African Americans expose the persistent and underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

We condemn the brutality that led to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to his family and the Minneapolis community.

Everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel safe, respected and protected. We can and must do better to guarantee that the rights and freedom of every person in every community are ensured and protected. In the end we all have a role to play in creating a more equitable future.

At United Way, we stand in solidarity with community members and other organizations calling for systemic change and reform to address racial disparities across our nation. We remain committed to building an inclusive and equitable region where people from all races, cultures and communities have the resources and opportunities to thrive.

Below are some online events hosted by various organizations to memorialize Mr. Floyd:

Remembering George Floyd: A Virtual Community Vigil hosted by NAACP Rochester, MN
Online, Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PDT

George Floyd Remembrance Vigil and Community Discussion
Online, Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT
Zoom event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284505526057113



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