Independent Sector Issues Statement on Mass Shooting in Buffalo

(WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022) – Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, issues the following statement:

“Independent Sector condemns in the strongest terms the horrific and racist mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on May 14. No community should ever experience this terrible act of violent racism. Just a few weeks away from the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, we are reminded again that white supremacy, fueled by anti-Black racism, is alive in our country. Buffalo, like countless communities across our country, is full of hardworking people who wake up each day believing this kind of horrific act could not possibly happen where they live. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have suffered unimaginable loss, as well as the nonprofits and community leaders in the region who will undoubtedly step up to heal a community and advocate for change.

These acts have an ability to jolt us awake to the reality of this nation, which is that we have not yet healed from our original sins of embedding racist ideas and policies into the fabric of our society. It will take all of us to heal and rebuild from here. Independent Sector stands ready to fight alongside all communities and organizations committed to building a healthy and just nation where all people thrive. We have no choice but to see it through, and there is no greater calling.”


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Types: Press Release
TAGS: Buffalo, Dan Cardinali, George Floyd, Independent Sector, mass shooting, racism
Global Topics: Civil Society, Community, Race, Equity, and Inclusion
Focus Areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion