The pursuit of equity has driven the work of the National Cristina Foundation for decades. We believe, deep in our hearts, that everyone deserves equity, equal opportunity, and justice. Our very mission is rooted in empowering all people, regardless of ethnicity, economic standing, disability, orientation, or creed, with the opportunity to reach their full potential and participate meaningfully in society. Thus, we cannot remain silent at this moment.
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are the latest in a long line of black and brown men and women unjustly killed in America. Protests in cities across the nation and around the world are sending a clear message that this is an inflection point and change needs to happen. We must do better, and individuals, communities, and institutions all must play active roles in that change.
This moment cannot be ignored.
Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by violence, disproportionately killed by police, disproportionately living in poverty, and disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Black Americans are also disproportionately on the wrong side of the digital divide. National Cristina Foundation, with its 1,300 partner organizations in communities across the country, is working to close that divide. Equity in a digitally connected world is part of racial justice. This moment is a stark reminder that inequity in America runs deep. We have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead of us.
The staff and Board of Directors of the National Cristina Foundation stand together with and support communities of color. We see you, we hear you, and you matter.