Working for justice for all
This week, thousands of people stood together in Charlottesville to show the nation and the world that hate has no home here. Appalachian Voices and the members of our staff who call Charlottesville home stand with them. Just as we fight for environmental justice and the protection of clean air and water — natural resources on which we all rely — we commit ourselves to confronting all forms of racism and bigotry with the power of justice and equality.
Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of Heather Heyer, who was killed last Saturday while protesting white supremacy, and Trooper Pilot Berke M.M. Bates and Lieutenant Pilot Jay Cullen, who lost their lives in service to peace.
Such fraught times demand reflection as well as leadership. We commend the local, state and federal elected officials who have called the nation's attention once again to the destructive legacy and present reality of racism, and pledge to hold our leaders accountable to ensure their actions match their words.
The staff of Appalachian Voices
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