These are difficult and painful times. The recent murder of George Floyd is the latest manifestation of systemic racism and injustice in our society. African Americans, along with other communities of color, are being disproportionately harmed by police brutality, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic hardship. If we are to make real change in this country, we need to reform the institutions and systems that do not serve all people equitably. We need to prioritize equitable investments in communities that have been disinvested in for so long.
At the US Water Alliance:
- We condemn the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the far too many lost before them.
- We stand in solidarity with all those fighting systemic racial injustice such as is being experienced by the Black community, those grieving lives lost, and those working to build more diverse and inclusive communities.
- We support those who are imagining a new path forward for our nation through structural change—including robust and equitable investments in public health. To paraphrase a saying in politics: “Don’t tell me your values. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you your priorities.” We believe that our budgets, from the federal to the municipal level, should prioritize measures that truly make our communities safer and healthier.
We all have a role to play in building a better future. I hope we can continue to work together in creating a more just and equitable America.
On a personal note, this is a difficult moment in countless ways. I take comfort knowing I can turn to this network of committed changemakers for inspiration, hope, and support. On behalf of all of us at the Alliance, we offer that same support to you should you ever need it.