MNN’s Statement on Charlottesville and the Response to It

MNN joins the country in feeling revulsion at the protests fueled by white supremacists and those propagating bigotry in Charlottesville, grief for the deaths of Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, and anger at the President’s implication that both sides stand on the same moral ground.

Forces of hate and discrimination- covert and overt- are not new to many of our member organizations and to nonprofits across the country. Every day, Massachusetts nonprofits are at the vanguard of the fight for respect, opportunity and fair treatment for all.

MNN remains committed to working with these organizations as well as leaders from the public and private sectors towards a vision of Massachusetts where people of all races, ethnicities, creeds, nationalities, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have equal opportunities to live, work, play, and create.

We were invigorated by the largely peaceful protests of tens of thousands in Boston this past Saturday. We are reminded that collective action is essential to the fight for social, economic, and racial equality.