The tragic death of George Floyd and the events that have followed over the past week have brought urgent attention to the deep wounds, borne from institutional inequality and racism, that stretch far back in our nation’s history and are all too prevalent today.
The LABC stands not just with the peaceful protesters who have inspired us, but also with the millions of Americans who continue to suffer from generations of injustice.
The challenge now is to sustain this important, meaningful and brutally honest public conversation in Los Angeles and across the country, and to work together toward eliminating the systemic problems that have led to the inequities.
The LABC has long worked to create just, fair, creative, and compassionate solutions, critical studies that led to new policies in many vital areas where inequities exist, including housing and homelessness, workforce development and small business growth, public transportation and mobility, and clean energy and environmental justice.
The LABC will continue to build and lead powerful and diverse coalitions who have influenced many important public policies. We plan on redoubling those efforts though public forums, social research, direct advocacy and support of programs and legislation that promote equity and opportunity for the members of our community who have suffered too long.
Today’s challenges create a unique opportunity to get more done faster for our fellow residents – no matter their zip code, race, economic standing, or background.