This month, people from all over this country have exercised their First Amendment rights as they protest the murder of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been taken at the hands of police.
We have seen peaceful demonstrators take to the streets demanding change. We’ve also seen civil unrest in some places and, sadly, acts of police violence against protestors. We must not let those images derail the fight against systemic racial injustice and inequality. Speaking out is an important first step, but this moment requires more than words—it requires us to change. We must do the work of introspection and make real, lasting change within our organization.
As a democracy and voting rights organization, we must be part of the progress that is catalyzed at this moment. We will listen to civil rights leaders spearheading this effort, and we will use our power, our talents, and our collective voices to support and amplify their work.