Northwest Pilot Project strongly condemns the brutal police killing of George Floyd, and we recognize that his death was tragic, unnecessary, and preventable.
We realize that his murder, along with the extrajudicial killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, are among the many examples of systemic repression and disregard for Black lives in the US, and the unwarranted use of force and violence by the police on communities of color. We acknowledge that racial inequality manifests not only in deprivation of resources, but also in physical and emotional violence directed towards Black/ African American people, Indigenous people, and People of Color (BIPOC). We know that institutionalized white supremacy and anti-Black racism have gone uninterrupted for generations and that it is our responsibility as an organization to commit ourselves to continuous anti-racist work.
We stand in solidarity with Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color as well as immigrant and refugee communities. We commit ourselves to calling out racism in all its forms and developing and changing policies to enact racial justice. We commit to holding our white colleagues accountable for racist actions and words and ensuring that our work to address the housing needs of low-income seniors is informed by racial justice values and best practices. We commit to prioritizing the housing needs of BIPOC older adults and all who experience systemic discrimination and marginalization.
We recognize that the history of systemic racism is interwoven with the history and present-day existence of housing discrimination and wealth inequality in the US, which are root causes of homelessness and poverty in our communities, and we commit to using our work as an organization to undo this legacy.
We invite you to remember these individuals, and so many others who we won’t forget, and to say their names aloud, affirming that Black Lives Matter: