Our Thoughts on Last Week's Events and the Hard Work Ahead

Dear friends,

Our hearts are breaking. For George Floyd. For Tony McDade. For Breonna Taylor. For David McAtee. For those whose deaths at the hands of the police have not made headlines, for we know there are many of them. For their families and all those who loved them. For Black Americans who have to fear for their lives and the lives of those they love while going about their daily routines. For Black communities that have long suffered from structural racism, police brutality, and disinvestment, and are now suffering disproportionately from COVID-19. For our country’s inability to grapple with and dismantle racism, which continues to prevent us from meeting the needs of all our people and being a nation where everyone can thrive.

It is no coincidence that the communities CCI partners with and cares deeply about are on the frontlines of the actions against racism and police brutality that are taking place across our country. Structural racism is both the engine of disinvestment in our low-income communities and communities of color and the ground that has allowed police brutality to take root in those communities. It will be hard work to overcome these seemingly insurmountable challenges, and it will take all of us: people of all races; educators and policymakers; community organizers and impact investors; and more. CCI is ready to contribute to that work. To stand with our partners across the country and here in Washington, D.C. To support Black communities in rebuilding from last week’s events, the last few months of economic damage from COVID-19, and decades of disinvestment. To continue our efforts to ensure that all communities can access the resources they need to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Now is the time for us to make the changes that will help build the country we all deserve to live in⁠—a nation that is more just and more humane than the sad reality in which we find ourselves.

In solidarity,

Center for Community Investment

Transforming investment in communities

CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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