YOUTH COUNCIL STATEMENT ON BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
The Takoma Park Youth Council supports the Black Lives Matter Movement and all people who strive to make their communities safer and more livable for Black Americans.
Though we are a diverse city, there is much progress to be made in Takoma Park and it is everyone’s responsibility to support policies conducive to racial equity. As a community, we must be actively anti-racist, educate our family and peers on the systemic racism that plagues our country, and constantly examine our own institutions for how they could better serve our most vulnerable community members.
Right now, it is essential that everyone does what they can to support the Black community. Through taking direct action such as protesting, signing petitions, donating to Black organizations, uplifting Black voices, and supporting Black businesses, you can make an impact in our community.
It is up to each and every person to take steps both large and small towards dismantling white supremacy, to help our community and country become one of acceptance, peace, and joy.