We at MMLA wish to express our support for and solidarity with those who, like us, are mourning and protesting the police killing of George Floyd. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the racial inequities we see in our work every day and exacerbated them. This is yet another example of a routine call that becomes a tragedy for those with less access to resources, to basic human rights, and to justice.
We appreciate the response of the police chief and the mayor so far. We hope for accountability not only for the individuals involved in this incident, but also for the systems of racial inequity that our neighbors face every day. In addition to the threat of police violence, our clients struggle to access their most basic needs for safe and stable housing, food, health care, education, and employment.
Please join us in speaking out with whatever power you have, in whatever ways your conscience guides you. This is not a time for silence.