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Dear HopeWorks Supporters,
HopeWorks believes all violence is interconnected.Â We, therefore, stand in solidarity with the residents, community members, activists, and organizers of Baltimore during this difficult time. Our thoughts continue to be with the loved ones of Freddie Gray as they continue to await answers about the events that led to his death, as well as with the loved ones of Tyrone West, Anthony Anderson, Trayvon Scott, George King, Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Yvette Smith, Miriam Carey, and the many others around the nation who have lost their lives after encounters with police.
Today, the national spotlight shines on Baltimore as the citizens push for city and statewide reforms to put an end to the systemic oppression that leads to institutionalized violence. A true movement towards social justice ensures that the marginalized members of our society have safe spaces where they can be heard.
We must remember, as the news vans leave and the protests thin, that every member of our society deserves a voice. Until we live in a world where all people, regardless of our differences, are treated with kindness, dignity, and respect, we will struggle against systemic violence in all its forms.
The people of Baltimore spoke clearly: #blacklivesmatter.
The staff & leadership of HopeWorks of Howard County