Statement from PAI Leadership in Solidarity with Protests Against Police Violence on Communities of Color
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou and Carolyn Gibb Vogel, PAI interim co-CEOs, released the following statement:
PAI stands in solidarity with protesters and advocates fighting for long-overdue justice against systemic racism, white supremacy and police brutality against communities of color in the United States. The violent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are sadly only the most recent examples of the disregard for black lives in this country. It’s impossible to continue seeing these deaths as isolated incidents and instead we must recognize them for what they are — symbols of a larger system of institutionalized racism that has not only taken these three lives, but perpetuates inequities for black and brown people on a daily basis.
As an organization working to elevate the rights of individuals and communities across the globe, it is our moral duty to call out injustices here at home.
It is our obligation to ensure that the pain we’re feeling — the pain our friends, families and colleagues of color have felt for far too long — leads to meaningful and lasting change. In this moment, we stand with those working to channel the grief and outrage generated by yet another senseless death into real progress. We are committed to this cause.
Black lives matter.
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