To the editor:
Today, Riverdale Neighborhood House and Riverdale Community Center stand in solidarity with the Black community, and all who are demanding accountability and peacefully protesting for justice and change.
We are full of grief at the racial violence continuing throughout the country. Racism is a public health crisis. The systemic inequities that plague our country are made painfully clear by the acts of violence against the black community that we have witnessed in the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among so many others.
Riverdale Neighborhood House is proud to be part of the vibrant history of New York’s settlement house movement. New York’s settlement houses have been progressive leaders in the state for more than a century. Riverdale Neighborhood House, independently and as part of the larger movement, continues to speak out against racial injustices while building inclusive communities.
Riverdale Neighborhood House and Riverdale Community Center are committed to valuing and supporting communities of color in the work we do every day.
Thank you for standing with us.
The author is executive director of Riverdale Neighborhood House and Riverdale Community Center.