Dear TSNE Community,
Like you, our hearts are heavy and filled with deep sadness as we find ourselves in the all-too familiar ritual of mourning victims of mass shootings in America. In this month alone, we mourn the 19 children and two adults brutally killed at an elementary school in Texas, the ten Black Americans viciously murdered in Buffalo, NY, and the victims of the ongoing racially-motivated attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, most recently in Dallas and Irving. We continue to see the deadly results of the lack of gun control and the structural and systemic racism that is embedded in American society.
It is important that we name and claim our grief, and call out what we lose individually and collectively. The dehumanization that far too many innocent people experience every day affects who we are, how we react to each other and the world, and how we move forward. What happens in the outside world matters to us as individuals and to TSNE as we center justice in our work. We do our work because we believe in a society where all people have the dignity, resources, power, and self-determination to fully thrive.
During these times, we need to speak loudly for social justice in our organizations and communities. We will continue to build a just and equitable society through supporting BIPoC community leaders and bolstering organizations that work to ensure social justice and equity.
With continuing hope for a better world and in solidarity,
TSNE Leadership Team,
Faisal Abid, Luke Alonso, Michael Ibrahim, Geoff Lamont, Elaine Ng, Luzdy Rivera, and Noah Stockman.