To the Editor of The Skanner,
The recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks are a pivotal moment in our country’s history, and we will not sit idly by in the face of the killings of Black men and women by law enforcement and vigilantes. As we reflect on the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is more committed than ever to pursuing justice, accountability, and systemic reform.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community that has for far too long been targeted by police and have suffered rampant racism and unfair and uneven applications of the law. We call upon our government and law enforcement agencies at every level to institute sweeping reforms in the criminal justice system. To that end, we pledge to join forces with the Black community and other Oregonians to see through these changes to law enforcement, end systemic racism once and for all, and work for a more just American society.
Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland