Dear YMCA of Montclair Community,
The recent verdict finding Derek Chauvin guilty of the killing of George Floyd was an important moment in our country’s journey toward a more just future. For our nation, so deeply plagued by racism and intolerance, this moment is a step forward toward justice, toward combatting systemic racism, and toward accountability.
The YMCA of Montclair’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization calls us to stand against racism in all forms. It is our responsibility to work in collaboration with community partners and individuals to advance values of equity and inclusion, and to create brave spaces where people of diverse backgrounds find a common understanding and unity of purpose.
Today, we commend the strength of the jurors in Minneapolis, the presence of mind of 17-year-old Darnella Frazier who filmed George Floyd’s terrible demise, and the conviction of all those who testified for the prosecution in this trial. Tomorrow, we must continue our work for equity and justice for all.
President and CEO