Statements of Support

Last updated 6/9/2020
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Many local businesses and nonprofits have issued formal statements in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and some of the statements include steps the organizations plan to take to combat racism. If your business has made a formal statement, please email it to darlena@sacmag.com for possible addition to this list.

Food Literacy Center: When we commit to protecting kids’ health with vegetables, we also stand up for their lives. Black lives matter. We stand with our Black community members to call out injustice and to take action. Food literacy is food justice. Click for more

Sacramento LGBT Community Center: In response to the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Minneapolis on Monday, and a series of violent acts against people of color across the country, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center issues the following statement: “We are heartbroken, angry, and disgusted by the anti-Black violence that caused the murder of George Floyd in broad daylight by a police officer in Minneapolis Click for more

CAIR Sacramento Valley/Central CA: Dear Community Members and Friends, Salam Alaikum! On behalf of the entire CAIR Sacramento Valley/Central California family, Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO) and Central Valley Islamic Council (CVIC), we write to express love for, solidarity with and commitment to the Black community, especially Black families who have lost loved ones to state-sanctioned violence. Click for more

Sacramento Kings: Today, Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé released the following statement on the tragic death of George Floyd. “To say my heart breaks does not begin to describe the profound sadness, frustration and outrage that I feel in the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hand of a man whose oath it was to protect and serve. Click for more

Office of the President, Sacramento State: May 30, 2020 – Some will wonder why I have taken so long to respond to the horrific events in Minneapolis and the protests in Sacramento. I did not want to respond until we had identified specific actions to combat the racism that we are experiencing at Sacramento State, in Sacramento, and in our nation. Click for more

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May: To the UC Davis Community: “I can’t breathe.” These were the last words uttered by Eric Garner as he was being murdered on Staten Island in 2014. “I can’t breathe.” These were among the last words spoken by George Floyd as he suffered the same fate under hauntingly similar circumstances in Minneapolis on Monday evening. Click for more

B Street Theatre: The death of George Floyd and the current events roiling our beloved but imperfect nation require us to speak at this time. To paraphrase the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the real truth is the question, not who killed George Floyd and those killed prior to his death. But what killed them. When we move from the who to the what, the blame is wide and the responsibility grows. Click for more

Saint John’s Program for Real Change: United We Stand. Over the past few months, our communities have been suffering. Many have struggled from personal and professional challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and we are all coping with the horrific displays of injustice against the black community, which have brought the issues of systemic racism and injustice against people of color to the forefront. Today, we stand united with those in our city and our nation who continue to bring a voice to the voiceless and fight for equality, justice and equity for all. Black lives matter. They’ve always mattered. Click for more

Capital Stage: In Solidarity, Capital Stage Stands With the Black Community. . . As I write this statement, I’m incredibly sad. My heart is heavy with the horrible murder of George Floyd. I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak and hopelessness this epidemic of violence against black men and women has caused in black communities everywhere. Police violence against black men and women is a systemic, nationwide problem, not an isolated incident. It will require enormous thought and effort to change. And up until now we have failed. We have failed.  Click for more

YoloArts: A Shared Commitment. At YoloArts, we believe the arts and cultural practice transform our daily lives by sparking dialogue, building empathy, and encouraging shared experiences. We are committed to highlighting historically underrepresented communities in the arts. YoloArts stands firmly against racism, oppression, and injustice, and affirms black lives. The arts amplify the voices of the unheard and are unlike any other form of expression: art allows us to give form to our dreams of who we want to be and the communities we want to live in. As an organization, we must challenge ourselves to do better. We are committed to doing the work of looking internally to examine our practices, and your feedback is vital. We are engaged in the following action steps . . . Click for more