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Statement on Racial Justice (5/30/2020)

We want to take the time to speak about a serious and tragic issue, an injustice that has occurred and continues to happen in our country. As you know, our primary focus is on substance use prevention and mental health. Although we are not experts in social justice, it doesn't take an expert to see racism, prejudice, injustice, and inhumanity, nor does it take an expert to use your voice to speak out against these behaviors.

The inhumane treatment and subsequent death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more, is appalling, but nothing new or unexpected. It is a product of the racist structures and cultures many of us have turned a blind eye to, and benefited from, for far too long. A benefit that originates from the privilege we are granted by the color of our skin.

As an organization promoting health, safety, and youth development, we must rededicate ourselves to addressing racial equity in everything we do. We must educate ourselves and our youth about race, inequalities, and injustice, and have open conversations that may feel uncomfortable but are incredibly important. We also know that education alone is not enough. We can take action by calling, writing, donating, and standing in solidarity. The Stoneham Coalition has a predominantly white following, and we hope you read this and want to take more action alongside us. It takes all of us.

We encourage those who want to learn more or get involved to visit: Race Forward - https://www.raceforward.org Advancement Project - https://advancementproject.org Color of Change - https://colorofchange.org And for those who can donate, please visit: Official George Floyd Memorial Fund - https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd NAACP Legal Defense Fund - https://www.naacpldf.org

The Loveland Foundation - https://thelovelandfoundation.org

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