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June 4, 2020

Black lives matter.

The Coalition for the Homeless stands with our black employees, clients, volunteers, donors, and advocates: our black neighbors.

We stand with you not only for safe and affordable housing, but for your right to live: to sleep in your own home, to cook for your neighbors, to go on a run, to breathe.

We co-sign Black Lives Matter Louisville’s demands for justice for Breonna Taylor (www.justiceforbreonna.org), and now, too, for David “Yaya” McAtee—and for the lives of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who have been killed before them.

As we mourn these losses, we pledge to fight at the state and local levels for equity and justice; for the firing and revocation of pensions and arrests of the officers that kill black people; and for an independent police accountability council.

People experiencing homelessness and housing instability are disproportionately people of color due to decades of structural racism in America. It is cruel and it must stop. We will work to dismantle that racism and white supremacy across the country, state, city, and from within our own organization through a thorough reevaluation of all of our internal policies and practices.

Finally, we invite you to join us in making a donation to Black Lives Matter Louisville or to the Bail Project Louisville (write “Louisville” in the note to be sure it is directed here). Please also sign the petition and learn about other actions you can take at www.justiceforbreonna.com.

Black lives matter. It is far past time for us to speak and act on that truth in our city, state, and nation. Thank you for joining us in this struggle.