For almost four decades, St. Martha’s Hall has been advocating for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Now, we must stand with those who face another type of injustice and continue to seek change so all are treated equally. Our condolences go out to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black men and women who have been victims of police violence. We know these are not isolated acts but centuries of bigotry, discrimination, and systemic racism.
Some of us have attended protests, others have spoken out, many have looked for ways to work for justice and act for peace.
To our staff members, board members, supporters, and donors that are Black – words are not enough but please know we see you, we hear you, we acknowledge your suffering, anger, and fear, we love and respect you. We cannot walk in your shoes but we can walk with you and your loved ones.
To those who are or want to be allies in the fight against racism – we value your work to ensure safety, opportunity and justice for all. Let us all remember that it is the responsibility of White people to end racism.
While carrying on our mission to break the cycle of violence, we cannot ignore or turn a blind eye to the pain in our community. This impacts the victims and survivors we serve, our community and our future.
We must come together as a community to learn more about racism and how to be allies, to listen to those most impacted by violence and hate, and to stand with those doing the vital work protesting against oppression.
Be well, our friends.