Black Lives Matter
We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting and demanding justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Manuel Ellis, and so many other Black Americans killed by state sanctioned violence.
Seattle Parks Foundation believes Black Lives Matter. We are heartened by peaceful protests in our parks and public spaces, demanding systemic change so that Black People, Indigenous People, and all People of Color can exist in all places in our society safely.
We stand with the many individuals and organizations calling on City government to examine budget priorities and redistribute funds away from the Seattle Police Department and towards the neighborhoods and communities that bear the brunt of institutionalized racism, often at the hands of the police.
Lastly, Seattle Parks Foundation is committed to examine and address the ways systemic racism exists within our own organization. We hold ourselves accountable to the remarkable POC community leaders we work alongside and serve. We will continue to advocate with our public agency partners to prioritize equitable and just investments in POC communities.
We challenge ourselves, as well as our partners and our supporters, to always look at our work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and to listen to our POC leaders, learn from each other, and stand up to racism wherever we see it.