Pace Energy and Climate Center mourns the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of police brutality and racially motivated violence. We are in solidarity with those protesting for justice for Black and Brown people and the reform of prejudicial policing systems, and condemn the police responding to these protests with further brutality. As advocates for equitable energy policy and environmental justice, we know that those goals are inseparable from, and cannot be attained without, racial justice in all areas of society. The primary among these is the right for the Black community to live without fearing for their lives. The Pace Energy and Climate Center, in coordination with our allies, will continue to advocate for justice in our work while listening to and learning from communities of color, and we will hold ourselves accountable to identify and respond to systemic racism within our own lives, work, and institution.
We wish everyone a joyous Juneteenth, and for true freedom and equality for all to come quickly.