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Welcome to the June issue of GREEN. As our latest newsletter goes live, our world is in turmoil from two diseases. One, COVID-19, is new and causing a global pandemic. The other has been with us far too long: Systemic racism, which has most recently manifested itself in white vigilantes taking the life of a jogging black man, a woman in Central Park weaponizing her whiteness against a black bird-watcher, and police violence taking the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the resulting protests and rage in the streets.
Please support two of our membership organizations who work on issues of racial equity and environmental justice: the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and WV Citizen Action Group. For people of color, the American ideal of “liberty and justice for all” is just that: an ideal, not a reality. May we finally confront the brutal truth of our history, may white people understand that we are still living that history, and may we hasten the end of white supremacy culture.
In peace and justice,
Vivian Stockman, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and WVEC board member
Linda Frame, WVEC President
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