We are Committed
National NeighborWorks Association stands with our members and the communities they serve to work for justice, equity, dignity, and full human rights for all.
We know that ensuring everyone has a safe place to call home, equitable access to education, health care, livable wages, and public safety and peace requires that we work tirelessly to end anti-black racism and hatred that has been woven throughout all aspects of US societies and institutions for more than four centuries.
We express our deep gratitude to our Black colleague leaders for their steadfast witness for what is required to end systemic injustice, economic exploitation, and hatred.
We hear you when you say "we are tired". And, we are grateful when you remind us of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
In this global moment of horror, mourning, pain, and anguish over the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon people of color and the unjust violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and too many more, we pledge: to continue the hard personal work of unlearning racism; to name and condemn racism in all of its ugly forms; to intensify our investment in equitable, sustainable community development; and, to promote equitable voting accessibility.
We are committed with spirits of perseverance, steadfastness and love to march for a new day with our communities. A new day that ensures that every member achieves equity, equality and full justice.