We will not rest so long as our black and brown brothers and sisters cannot breathe.
Racism. Injustice. These are the diseases that are killing our communities of color. It hurts. And it’s exhausting. But we will not let up on our pursuit for justice. We will stand arms locked together with our black and brown brothers and sisters in that pursuit.
For George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling… and the countless others that have been murdered because of the color of their skin. We will keep saying their names. Organizing for change. Mobilizing the vote. Investing in organizations led by trusted social justice leaders. And working to end institutional racism.
We will also unapologetically call out the “colorism” that is so pervasive and prevalent within our own families and networks. The marginalization of our Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean brothers and sisters ends with us. The work is hard and requires us to self-exam and listen attentively to others whose lived experiences are different from our own.
We love you. And, we thank you for standing with us. Please take good care of yourself, and your loved ones. We are praying for your strength, your time of rest, and your resolve to run the race with endurance.
Your LCF family remains determined to continue showing up, using our voice, taking action, and seeking justice (Isaiah 1:17).
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation.