Establish a US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation

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On May 25, 2020 Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.  Each of us witnessed the abomination on video.  Watched and attempted to process what we saw with our own eyes and what was undeniable.  Mr. Floyd's death sparked protests against systemic racism that began in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, subsequently spread to cities across the United States, and ultimately across the world.  We all know that what we are witnessing is wrong, and we cannot stand by silent, complicit to injustice.  We are honor bound to act as rational, caring individuals.

All of us watched the growing list of people, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and countless others who have been subjected to brutality.  What we are witnessing in real time is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address, and we are at a nexus in history.  Where do we wish to go, and who do we want to be?  What side of history, do we want to be on?

2020 has been brutal, for all of us.  We lost civil rights luminaries Congressman John Lewis, who exhorted us to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble."  We lost C.T. Vivian, Bruce Boynton, Lucille Bridges, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Airickca Gordon-Taylor.  Their dreams, our dreams, will never die.  We will continue the struggle!

There is hope, and we can be part of the solution, part of envisioning and actively creating the just world that we wish to live in together.  A world where all of us are acknowledged for our worth, a world that says we matter and have value, and have equitable access to the benefits of all our world has to offer.  We need to bring our country together to have a national dialogue that will result in coherent public policy to address the effects of systemic racism, and we need to do it now!

We support Representative Barbara Lee's H.Con.Res.100 Urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation introduced in the House of Representatives on June 4, 2020 and urge our Representatives in the House to cosponsor the legislation (to send an email to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor legislation click here).

We support Senator Cory Booker's S.Con.Res.50 A concurrent resolution urging the establishment of a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation introduced in the Senate on December 3, 2020 and urge our Senators to cosponsor the legislation (to send an email to urge your Senator to cosponsor legislation, click here).

We, the undersigned, urge President Joe Biden to issue an Executive Order within the first 100 days of the Biden/Harris administration to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.

Furthermore, we advocate for national leadership to provide concrete actions in public policy to address systemic racism in our political, legal, environmental, economic, health, and social institutions.

We are doing this together, because we care about each other and understand that your struggle, is my struggle, is our struggle, and together, it can be done. #USTRHT