My heart is heavy. Like many of you, I have watched the horrible video of George Floyd struggling for his life for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that yet another black life has been claimed due to police brutality perpetuating a terrible cycle of discrimination. It is up to us to enact the change that will make us a more just and inclusive nation, where people do not have to fear for their life and wellbeing simply because of the color of their skin.
The violence, brutality, and harassment targeting African Americans in our country cannot continue. To those who have joined demonstrations calling for justice for Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others who have tragically lost their lives: I hear you, and I mourn with you. Congress must act to ensure we have a system of justice that works for everyone.
Over the past week, we have witnessed significant protests, including in Rhode Island. Many of us have experienced a flurry of emotions, and people across the country have rightfully taken to the streets in peaceful demonstrations voicing their pain and declaring that black lives matter. While some have taken this opportunity to sow chaos and further division, it cannot distract from the powerful demands for equality and justice. We must be conscious that we can – and we will – be better by seeking peace, unity and mutual understanding.
As your Representative, I remain committed to fighting for justice on all fronts. No one should be subjected to abuse and prejudice, and with our collective effort, we can address the systematic racism and discrimination that black and brown communities face. Now more than ever, it is important that we speak up against hate, fight oppression, and treat each other with understanding and compassion.
To stay informed about the measures Congress will be taking in the coming weeks, please visit my website.