There are no words to describe our grief and outrage at the latest examples, in a seemingly endless cycle, of police violence against the black community. We are only further disgusted by the heavy-handed police treatment of peaceful protesters across the country.
In our work, we see systemic racism in the ways that communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate change, are less likely to have access to clean water, and have fewer opportunities to access and enjoy nature safely.
Save The Bay supports all who have been working to correct the injustices caused by racism. As an organization borne of grassroots community efforts, we believe in the power of a unified community voice as a catalyst for change.
We also believe that real change starts at home. We know that diversity, equity and inclusion are necessary to effectively achieve any mission, and Save The Bay can do more to engage and include diverse voices in our organization. We take this moment to recommit ourselves to fostering trust and strengthening our relationships with organizations and individuals within communities of color.
Racism has no place in a civilized society. We speak for all of us at Save The Bay in saying that a safe environment is a human right—and a safe environment cannot exist in tandem with injustice and bigotry.
– Cheryl Nathanson, Board President, and Jonathan Stone, Executive Director