BROOKE PINTO’S STATEMENT ON THE PROTESTS AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM AND INEQUALITY HAPPENING NOW IN WARD 2

BROOKE PINTO’S STATEMENT ON THE PROTESTS AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM AND INEQUALITY HAPPENING NOW IN WARD 2

Government at all levels has failed people of color, including in our own community. If it isn’t apparent after three consecutive days of civil unrest in our community protesting the murder of George Floyd, systemic racism, and inequity, it never will be. People don’t flood the streets in righteous indignation if they’re being heard and treated equally—plain and simple.

As a White woman, I will never know firsthand the struggle Black America faces on a daily basis, but I do recognize the deep-rooted problem of race in our country and promise to always strive to be an ally on our long journey for racial justice and equity in Ward 2. 

First, I will continue to listen and learn so we can make meaningful change with new policies that rectify long standing systemic problems as well as change people’s hearts and minds. 

Second, I have ceased accepting campaign donations and instead ask that you support one of several local organizations working towards racial justice and equity in our city. 

Third, I will fight for laws that require the DC Council to review all new legislation through a racial equity lens as well as other reforms to our criminal justice system that ensure our system stops failing communities of color. 

We must do better. We will do better. 

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