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Dear friends,

Like so many of you, we have watched with horror as people of color have died at the hands of police and vigilantes. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. These are three of the most public and most recent losses, but they are just a few of the many names that we have heard over the years. Every life taken is a tragedy.

Our country has not lived up to the promise of our Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. From America’s history of slavery and the ensuing centuries of racism since, it is hard not to see it any other way. Institutionalized racism has led to serious public health concerns in communities of color: lowered life expectancy, employment rates, educational attainment, and homeownership; higher rates of maternal mortality, incarceration, and COVID infections.

Since our founding more than 60 years ago, we have partnered with and fought for the rights of people with disabilities to have full access to the ideals set forth in the Declaration.

Disability intersects with every identity, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, creed, sexual orientation, or religion.
So long as we know that fellow humans in our country are crying out for justice, we must remember:

Martin Luther King Jr stands in front of microphone and text shows quote about importance of justice for all

Now, more than ever, we must make our voices heard and both demand and work for racial justice in every community.

Starbridge stands in solidarity with citizens and organizations leading the way in the work for a truly just society. We are committed to listening and learning and acting.

We each have a role to play to make things better.

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