For Immediate Release
August 14, 2017
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on the racist rallies and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. It can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“We’ve been searching all day for the right words to address the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend and there simply aren’t any. Both as individuals of varied races, ethnicities and religions and an organization committed to racial equity through public policy, we share the fear and anger over the current state of our country. History is unfortunately repeating itself. This weekend, we saw the same fascism and bigotry we saw in the buildup to World War II and the same racism and violence that tore apart our communities in the ‘60’s. These actions are unforgivable, and they require every individual and every organization that doesn’t share those beliefs to speak out and denounce them.
“As an organization dedicated to building better lives for all people, we will continue to do what we can to remedy longstanding racist policies and the subsequent disparities and injustices that people of color in Michigan and across the country are experiencing. And as people, we will continue to open our arms and our hearts to all human beings, regardless of the color of their skin, their religion, their nationality or citizenry, or any other difference that others will try to use to pull us apart. Our thoughts are with the families who lost a loved one this weekend, the people who were injured, and everyone who this rally was designed to intimidate and scare—we are with you.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.